Drug addiction is a growing problem throughout the U.S., and is one of the reasons why companies are making a big push towards creating a drug-free working environment for their employees. After all, drug addiction and abuse can be life threatening and it can cause productivity issues among employees.
Although many companies have been vigilant with their employee drug tests in their quest to eliminate illegal drug use in their workplace, some companies do not recognize that drug abuse can happen with prescription medication such as painkillers. Prescription drug abuse is a very real threat, as studies show that 52 million Americans over the age of 12 have used prescription medication non-medically.
Regardless of whether the drug abused is legal or illegal, abuse is abuse. It is important that employers identify and help employees who suffer from prescription drug addiction.