You’ve probably heard about the increase in painkiller abuse in the U.S. But some statistics gathered on this epidemic by the National Safety Council (NSC) are real eye-openers:
Effects in the workplace
What does this have to do with workplace safety? Workers who abuse prescription painkillers:
Some workplace education may be in order.
Employees should know that painkiller addiction is every bit as serious as addiction to illegal drugs and alcohol.
But managers and supervisors must be aware that they can’t ask employees what prescription medications they’re taking, not even before making a conditional job offer.
After a job offer is made, an employer can ask an applicant to take a drug test that screens for drug use. An employer can legally withdraw an offer of employment on the basis of illegal drug use – and that includes illegal use of painkillers (for instance, without having a prescription).