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70% of employers report having been impacted by prescription drug abuse in the workplace, but less than half are taking the steps to address it.6The key to reducing opioid dependency numbers and encouraging safe opioid use in your workplace is ensuring individuals have access to support and feel educated about opioid misuse.

Downloading this guide will help you:

  • Open up a dialogue about the dangers of forming opioid dependence, which could happen to anyone, and that dependence is a disease, not a choice.
  • Create a holistic strategy to help employees feel supported and not judged within your workplace.
  • Enact the right policies that offer alternatives to chronic pain management and a second chance to those suffering, increasing the chances of recovery from opioid dependence.


1 in 4chronic users of opioids will misuse them. 1
8 in 10employees won’t come forward about substance abuse issues due to perceived stigma. 2
$78.5Bper year total economic burden of prescription opioid misuse in the U.S. 3
130+people die every day from opioid-related overdoses. 4
  3. 2017 Survey of US Employers, The National Safety Council
  5. CDC/NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, Mortality. CDC WONDER, Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2018
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