Employer's Guide - Prescription Drug Abuse

Nebraska focused Employer’s Guide to the Rising

Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

The Problem

Opioids are being overprescribed. And it’s not children reaching in medicine cabinets who have made drug poisoning the #1 cause of unintentional death in the United States. America’s most fatally abused drug is legal and sitting in the medicine cabinet [1]. While Nebraska does not have the alarming rate of opioid problems that other states do, there are still measures that need to be taken to help combat the rising issue, this can be accomplished through prevention, treatment, and enforcement.

5 things employers should know about prescription painkiller use

Opioid painkillers compromise employee safety.
Workers prescribed opioids have significantly higher worker’s compensation claims.
Employers play an important role in helping their employees seek treatment.
Opioid painkillers can delay recovery and return to work.
Using opioid painkillers increase the likelihood of disability claims.

 Prevention Strategies: opioids in the workplace

Make a Team
Adopt A Policy
Engage Employees

Positive Influence Starts at the Top

 It’s important to be proactive about your employee’s safety and well-being. By leading by example, your employees will also use safety-minded practices in the workforce.

Steps to update a drug free workplace program to address prescription drugs

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Sources

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