65% employers justify sacking workers with opioid addiction - Sovereign Health Group
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03-20-17 Category: Addiction

The United States in the midst of an opioid-related overdose crisis. The statistics by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suggest that an alarming six out of 10 drug overdose deaths involve an opioid. According to the CDC, from 2000 to 2015, more than 500,000 people died from drug overdoses in the country.

The ongoing opioid epidemic has ravaged all sections of society and even made inroads into the workplace affecting a large number of working-class Americans. The National Safety Council (NSC), which works toward eradicating avertible casualties in the workplace, in homes and communities, states that 70 percent of employers in the U.S. now acknowledge the adverse impact of prescription opioid misuse in their workplaces. However, in a recent survey, the NSC revealed a worrisome finding that despite the fact that 71 percent of employers feel that opioid misuse is a disease which calls for treatment, 65 percent view it as a justifiable excuse to terminate the services of the employee.

The research showed that only 19 percent of the employers are ready to handle the effects of opioids in the workplace and around 57 percent of companies nationwide are in the process of mandating compulsory drug-testing for screening employees. However, 41 percent of employers are actually skipping tests for synthetic opioids such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and fentanyl.

Also, 88 percent of employers expressed interest in including alternative pain relief treatments in their insurance coverage so that employees could avoid taking prescription opioids. Additionally, 70 percent of employers also agreed to provide the required support to help people addicted to opioids to return to work after successful completion of the treatment.

In wake of the rampant opioid abuse crisis, the NSC has come up with a free prescription drug employer kit to help companies create policies and manage opioid use at work.

Pop-a-pill culture destroying society

According to the CDC, doctors writing millions of prescriptions for opioid painkillers have fueled the epidemic ravaging the nation. In fact, nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths in the country involve a prescription opioid. CDC data shows that in 2015, more than 15,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids. No wonder, popping pills has become a daily ritual for most Americans.

But what is posing to be an even more worrisome trend is that 20 percent of children are now pharmaceutical drug users. Abuse of prescription medicines to relieve pain is the underlying cause of this nationwide epidemic. Studies show that painkillers have claimed more lives than heroin and cocaine combined.

One of the reasons why most Americans are unaware of the dangers of prescription drugs is an inherent misapprehension about the drug testing and approval procedures. Many are led into a false sense of belief that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a rigorous testing and evaluation mechanism in place. This is actually far from the truth. The current system shrugs the entire onus of clinical trials and safety testing of a new drug on the pharmaceutical company that develops the drug.

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The Sovereign Health understands the plight of someone who is unable to discontinue the use of harmful substances despite the negative impact on his/her life. Sovereign Health of San Clemente, CA is here to help. Our customized substance use disorder programs are tailored to individual needs in order to treat the person holistically. The Sovereign Health of San Clemente’s Pain Program is designed to assist those individuals whose pain has led to an addiction of either prescription and/or illegal drugs.

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