The costs of prescription opioid misuse to employers are as great as $18 billion per year. One way to prevent opioid addiction in the workplace? Educating employees on their risks, and employer resources available to find help.
A recent study in Massachusetts illuminated what occupations carry a greater risk for opioid dependence and overdose death. Construction workers, fishers, farmers, material movers, repairmen, transportation workers, food service workers and healthcare support workers in Massachusetts all had significantly higher rates of opioid overdose deaths compared to the average.