1 in 10 Small Businesses Had Employees “Working Under the Influence” Last Year
Alcohol, Marijuana and Prescription Painkillers Used Most Often
Small business owners reported that alcohol, marijuana and prescription painkillers were the most common substances employees used.
In the past year, has your business experienced an employee under the influence of any of the following while he/she was on the job?
(* “Any” respondents have had employees under the influence of at least one of these substances)
|Marijuana or prescription painkiller||5.1%|
|An illicit narcotic||1.1%|
|None of these||89.6%|
“Business owners today are rightfully concerned about the use of illegal
or judgment impairing substances in their workplaces. It’s a disturbing
trend that we have seen developing over the past several years with the
rise in prescription opioids and the increasing legalization of
marijuana,” said EMPLOYERS Chief Operating Officer
Small business owners agree. More than three-quarters of those surveyed agreed it is dangerous for their employees to be under the influence of marijuana, prescription painkillers, alcohol and illicit narcotics, such as heroin and cocaine, while at work. More than half of the survey respondents said over-the-counter pain medications could also pose a danger to their employees.
How do you feel about the following as they relate to employees on the job at your workplace?
|OTC pain medications||23.8%||35.2%||39.8%||1.1%||0.1%|
“To those of us in the workers’ compensation insurance industry, prescription opioid abuse is of particular concern,” Festa added. “The Centers for Disease Control has reported that more people die from prescription painkillers than from heroin or cocaine. Opioid addiction has been linked to decreased worker productivity, as well as making workplaces less safe, prolonging disability claims, and increasing the risk of death from overdoses.”
EMPLOYERS has developed a proactive program to help control the flow of narcotics prescribed as part of a workers’ compensation claim, which helps prevent abuse, saves millions of dollars and successfully helps injured workers return to work faster and drug free.
All figures, unless otherwise stated, were collected by International
Communications Research’s thinksmall Survey, a national quarterly
telephone omnibus survey. Interviews were completed with a nationally
representative sample of 502 small businesses that have fewer than 100
employees. Fieldwork was conducted
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Employers Holdings, Inc.
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Vice President, Corporate Marketing
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Vice President, Investor Relations