“Prescription drug misuse takes its toll on the workplace, impacting both the employer and every employee,” explains Marietta Hagan, population health project coordinator for the Substance Abuse Initiative. “The misuse of drugs and alcohol rob workplaces of their most valuable assets – present, clear-thinking, productive employees.”
According to a report by the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the total U.S. societal costs of prescription opioid abuse in 2009 reached an estimated $55.7 billion.
“Of that $55.7 billion, the majority was tied to the workplace, not law enforcement and incarceration as often thought,” Hagan says. “Nearly 46% ($25.6 billion), was attributable to losses in productivity. The cost to health insurers was an additional $25 billion attributable to the misuse of prescription drugs. Substance misusers are one-third less productive, 10 times more likely to miss work and use 300% to 400% more medical benefits.”
The June 26 training includes education by local pharmacist and advocate, Heather Lyons-Burney, on the misuse of prescription drugs, prevention and tools employers can use to protect their businesses and staff.
The free training is provided by the Substance Abuse Initiative in partnership with CoxHealth, Skaggs Foundation, Hollister Area Chamber of Commerce and the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT). The Stone and Taney Counties Substance Abuse Initiative is a grant-funded project aimed at reducing and preventing substance use and misuse. It is led by CoxHealth and funded by a Skaggs Legacy Endowment grant.
Space is limited and registration is required. Visit HollisterChamber.net to register.