“Some business owners and managers may prefer to keep their heads in the sand rather than confront the nationwide opioid addiction epidemic that is impacting their workplaces.
That’s understandable. Laws and procedures regarding the use of illegal drugs are much more straightforward when it comes to enforcing “drug-free workplaces.” Dealing with the use and abuse of legal prescription drugs can be more challenging.
But the National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization that promotes health and safety, recently released a report and industry-specific calculator that is intended to be a big slap on the head to employers who chose to believe “ignorance is bliss.”
The report, “The Proactive Role Employers Can Take: Opioids in the Workplace,” can be downloaded from the organization’s website, www.nsc.org. The NSC collaborated with the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago and the addiction resource organization Shatterproof to develop an online calculator to inform employers how much the opioid epidemic is costing companies every year.”
Source: Bakersfield.com – June 11, 2017