Workplace Drug Overdoses On the Rise

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The workplace is not immune from drug use. According to a recent survey from the National Safety Council, more than 70% of U.S. employers are dealing with the direct impact of prescription drug misuse in their workplaces. But, drug use in the workplace has taken an ominous turn. According to a new study form the Bureau of Labor Statistics, deaths from unintentional drug and alcohol overdoses in the workplace rose more than 30 percent in 2016. The BLS study goes on to state that overdose fatalities have increased by at least 25 percent annually since 2012.

There are ways to avoid workplace drug overdoses. The most important factor in any workplace drug program is to have a strong policy. This policy should state that your company is a drug free workplace and should cover drug testing, as well as employee assistance. Also, It’s important to train your supervisors in drug recognition. Drug recognition allows you to recognize drug abuse indicators and intercede in your employees drug use before it causes a workplace accident or a workplace overdose.

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