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RANE Spotlight - The Opioid Crisis Has Entered the Workforce: What Is an Employer to Do?

As rates of opioid addiction and substance abuse continue to grow in the United States, the crisis is also beginning to negatively impact employers.

A recent New York Times article highlighted startling increases in overdoses across various professions throughout the country, with the National Safety Council reporting that 70 percent of companies acknowledge being impacted by employees affected by prescription drug misuse - a development that drives absenteeism, accidents, injuries and other problematic behavior. In 2016, companies reportedly spent $2.6 billion for treatment of opioid abuse, a figure that doesn't include additional losses due to performance issues and employee turnover. RANE Expert Sarah Church, the CEO of Elevate360, recently shared ways for employers to address the issues they face.

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