A tight labor market is becoming even tighter because of a startling issue: opioid addiction. More and more employers are struggling to find workers who can pass their required drug tests, as CNBC notes. Employers are also finding themselves faced with the very real issue of existing employees becoming addicted to their prescription medications.
David Campbell, senior vice president of quality management at ComPsych, an EAP provider, says organizations of all sizes, in all industries are being affected by this epidemic but particularly those with a predominantly male population. Campbell says that he’s seen health claims for those seeking treatment for opioid dependence increase by 31 percent between 2014 and 2017. “Today, they account for 67 percent of all our substance-use cases,” he says. “During the same three-year period, opioid costs for treatment saw a 35 percent increase. They now make up 73 percent of the total substance-use treatment costs.”
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