Impact on the Workplace
Unintentional poisonings and drug misuse and abuse have a tremendous impact on employees and employers, in homes and communities. Unintentional poisonings can occur from taking prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements.
In the workplace, drug misuse and abuse can result in higher absenteeism, lost wages, decreased productivity, increased risk of unintentional injury, increased health care costs and reduced profits in the workplace.
Employers can play a pivotal role in reducing injury, illness and health costs associated with drug misuse and abuse. Establishing a drug-free workplace program can serve as the framework to improve worker safety and health. The program can include, but is not limited to:
When implementing a workplace program, consider the range of factors involved with prescription and drug problems; personal, environmental, social factors. Addressing these factors will provide employees support, encourage participation, promote safety and health and benefit the bottom line.
The Effects of Drugs Overdoses on Workplace Safety
Review the National Business Group on Health's Guide to Preventative Services: Depression Screening
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