The Opioid Crisis & Connecticut’s Workforce

Updating your approach to employees suffering from addiction can preserve your greatest resource.

An estimated 21.7 million adults sought substance abuse treatment in 2015, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Many of those adults were workers struggling to maintain their employment status and livelihoods as a functional part of the workforce. Data from the National Safety Council reveal that, while 70% of employers report being impacted by prescription drug misuse, and just as many feel strongly about helping their employees return to work after substance abuse treatment, approximately 80% of employers lack a comprehensive drug-free workplace policy, and a similar percentage lack training on identifying substance abuse in their workplaces.

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