Unique Prescription Drug Abuse Survey

Prescription drug abuse impacts 80 percent of Indiana workplaces, says newly released National Safety Council poll

Statewide survey sheds light on the scope of a hidden workplace epidemic 

Eighty percent of Indiana employers have been impacted by prescription drug misuse and abuse, including opioid painkillers, in their workplaces, according to a survey released yesterday by theNational Safety Council and the Indiana Attorney General’s Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force. The survey, the first of its kind in the nation, found nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of employers believe prescription drugs such as Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet are bigger problems than illegal drugs.

To help protect workers, the Council recommends employersexpand drug testing to include detection of opioid painkillers, train employees and supervisors how to spot signs of misuse and leverage Employee Assistance Programs to help employees return to work following treatment for addiction. Employers are also encouraged to download the free Prescription Drug Employer Kitfor help developing policies and managing opioid use at work. 

More information and resources for physicians can be found atwww.BitterPill.IN.gov under Prescribing Resources.