Opioid and other substance abuse is a costly problem for employers. Workers who receive treatment have the fewest missed work days of any group. Treatment for pain medication misuse may be covered by workers' compensation.
WORKPLACE ACCIDENTS AND
THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC
DID YOU KNOW?
The construction industry has
the second-highest rate of pain
medication and opioid misuse
after the entertainment,
recreation and food business.
Source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health
Substance Abuse Is A Costly Problem for Employers:
A 2016 report from the Surgeon
General, states the U.S. spends
approximately $35 billion annually to
treat substance use disorders, and
another $85 billion to treat injuries,
infections and illnesses associated with
dependent substance use.
Much of this cost is passed on to
employers, who offer health insurance
Missed Work Days:
Workers with substance use disorders
miss nearly 15 days a year – about 50
percent more than their peers.
Workers with pain medication use
disorders miss 29 days – nearly three
times as much work as their peers.
Workers who report receiving substance use treatment in the past and who
have not had a substance use problem in the past 12 months missed the fewest
days of any group – even less than the general workforce.
Cost of Pain Medication Use Disorder:
In 2014, workers with a pain medication
use disorder use health care services
costing an average of $5,586. That is
nearly twice the amount of health care
costs for a worker with a substance use
disorder and more than three times the
cost of health care sought by a general