conducted by the National Safety Council of 501 U.S. employers with 50 or more workers found that more than 70 percent believed they had been impacted by prescription drug abuse, mainly from worker absenteeism, substance use at work, positive drug tests and decreased performance. Accidents related to prescription drug abuse are also driving up employers’ costs when it comes to worker’s compensation and health insurance. Some employers have been revamping their drug-testing policies, beefing up employee assistance programs and offering other ways to help suspected drug abusers. Others need help identifying tools and resources for implementing and maintaining drug-free workplace programs. To download the full survey results
, visit the National Safety Council’s website.