Opiate Addiction Treatment and the Workplace
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), over 22 million adults struggle with a substance use disorder. Alcoholism, opiate addiction, and other forms of substance abuse adversely affect the friends and family of the user. It is said that addiction is a family disease. Another group of individuals who feel the weight of addiction are the coworkers and employer of the person struggling.
According to a National Safety Council survey, only 19 percent of employers are prepared to properly deal with an employee addicted to alcohol or opioid / opiate medications. 25 percent stated that they were extremely unprepared. This is likely due to the 81 percent of employee drug policies being incomplete.