Employees who abuse prescription drugs are two to five times more likely to take unexcused absences, be late for work, be injured or violent at work, file workers’ compensation claims, quit or be fired within one year of employment, according to the National Safety Council.
Furthermore, 70 percent of the 14.8 million Americans who abuse drugs are employed. When an employee abuses drugs, employers and payers take on the risk of workplace injuries, compromised productivity due to absenteeism and presenteeism and liability.
Drug abuse costs U.S. business owners more than $140 billion dollars every year, which includes turnover rates for employees who abuse drugs. The drugs at the root of this issue include cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, methamphetamine and prescription drugs.
Source: EHSToday.com – December 12, 2017