Employers and Employees
Prescription drug use among employees and their family members can be an expensive problem costly for businesses and industry, with issues ranging from lost productivity, absenteeism, injuries, fatalities, theft and low employee morale, to direct financial an increase in health care, legal liabilities and workers’ compensation costs.
Further, the impact on to employee families can be overwhelming, causing further strain on the employee-employer relationship.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s 2011 National Drug Threat Assessment report, the economic cost of drug abuse in the United States was estimated at $193 billion, with the majority attributable to lost productivity. More specifically, The National Drug Intelligence Center estimates that drug abuse costs the nation $120 billion per year in lost productivity alone.
In addition, for businesses, whether publicly or privately held, the risk of potential lawsuits in the workplace cannot be overlooked. Imagine an employee who finds prescription drugs in the workplace on a coworker’s desk or left behind elsewhere, and the employee consumes the prescription drugs and causes themselves harm in some way.