Opiate addiction is known to create a number of problems for employers: higher healthcare costs, increased absenteeism, and a less harmonious workplace. 8 The research is clear that preventing and addressing opiate addiction is good for an employer’s bottom line. Given the scale of the opiate epidemic in Pennsylvania, opiates are likely affecting your workplace in some way, whether you know it or not.
The good news is, people tend to be more successful in addiction treatment that’s encouraged by employers than treatment urged by friends and family. Our Workplace Toolkit includes information about Employee Assistance Programs, drug testing that includes prescription painkillers, and special advice for small businesses. Brochures, break room posters, pay stub inserts, and other resources to reach your employees are also free to download.