“The majority of Indiana companies that responded to a survey tied to the state’s growing woes with prescription medication abuse say their businesses are being affected by workplace abuse or misuse of those drugs, according to findings released Monday.
About 200 Indiana companies completed the survey, of the thousands invited to take part. The data provides “a good snapshot” of prescription drug concerns and workplace policies at Indiana’s employers, said Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, an Illinois-based nonprofit that surveyed the companies between May and August.
About 80 percent of officials at those companies reported that they’ve had problems with workers abusing or misusing prescription medications, including opioid painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin.
Hersman said one of the most surprising findings is that only about half of the companies have written policies on using prescription drugs at work. That’s shocking, she said, because two-thirds of the companies said they consider prescription medications a bigger problem than illegal drugs, and about one-third said they’ve had a worker injured or nearly injured in accidents tied to prescription drug abuse or misuse.”
Source: Kentucky.com – December 7, 2015
See related article from Tennessee: Drug Epidemic Handicaps Workforce – December 5, 2015
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