“Employers in areas with high rates of opioid abuse say employees’ use of prescription painkillers and heroin is taking a financial toll on their companies. Problems range from lower productivity to higher turnover, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Some employers in Allen County, Ohio say up to 70 percent of job applicants are failing drug tests, according to Jed Metzger, President of the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce. Employees in the greater Cincinnati area, which includes parts of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, have tested positive for opioids after being involved in accidents, ranging from damaging property with heavy equipment to crashing company vehicles.
In addition to higher accident rates, employee opioid use can contribute to increased theft and absenteeism, says Trey Grayson, President of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.”
Source: JoinTogether.org – October 14, 2014