A new survey by the National Safety Council taken last month revealed that 70 percent of businesses say that prescription drug use – particularly use of narcotic painkillers – has affected their business.
According to the CDC, 91 people per day are dying in America from prescription drugs and heroin overdoses. And it’s not just a problem that is affecting the stereotypical homeless junkie on the corner begging for money.
The face of addiction has changed. We see normal, middle-class people with good jobs, getting hooked on opioids at an alarming rate. Probably the last place you would look for a drug addict is in the suburbs.
They are there, however, and once they get to work, their addictions are costing businesses. Nationally, employers are losing $10 billion a year in lost days and lost production at work.
Nearly 1/3 of painkiller prescriptions are paid for by big companies in