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5 things employers should know about prescription painkiller use
Date:7/22/2014

helping their employees seek treatment. Research shows that employee recovery rates are higher when employers offer or suggest treatment, rather than friends or family.[iii]
  • Opioid painkillers can delay recovery and return to work. "Return to work" and "fitness for duty" criteria vary widely, so it's often difficult for employers to determine when an employee can safely begin working while under the influence of prescription painkillers.[iv] Opioid painkillers also delay recovery from workplace injuries.[v]
  • Using opioid painkillers increases the likelihood of disability claims. Receiving more than a one-week supply of opioids soon after an injury doubles a worker's risk of disability one year later.[vi]
  • "Most employers understand how detrimental illegal drugs can be in the workplace, but few recognize the toll of the prescription painkiller epidemic," said Deborah Hersman, president and CEO at NSC. "Strong Drug-Free Workplace Programs, comprehensive benefits packages, easily accessible Employee Assistance Programs and company-wide education are risk reduction efforts every employer must undertake to help protect the health and well-being of their employees as well as company bottom lines."

    NSC also released a toolkit with information to help employers revise existing workplace drug policies and programs. Visit nsc.org/rxemployerpolicy for the entire employer guide and to download the toolkit.

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