Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the recent release of a new analysis by National Safety Council, NORC at the University of Chicago and Shatterproof that found that workers with substance use disorders like opioid addiction miss nearly 50% more days than their peers, and up to six weeks of work annually, yet there remains a continuing gap between employer perceptions of impact and the actual human and business costs of substance use.
In response, the research group created a calculator to help employers understand what it means for their workforces. Other key findings included that the construction, entertainment, recreation, and food service businesses have twice the national average number of employees with substance use disorders. In a bit of good news, workers in recovery were found to have lower turnover rates and are less likely to miss work days, less likely to be hospitalized, and have fewer doctors visits.
Find out more (including a link to the free calculator!) by clicking here!