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Opioids According to a survey from the NSC, an alarming 81% of U.S. employers are missing a critical element to their drug-free workplace drug programs. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Our nation’s opioid crisis is becoming a growing epidemic in today’s workplaces as well. From absences to decreased productivity, opioid abuse is making a big impact on businesses. In fact, opioid abuse costs employers approximately $10 billion from absenteeism and presenteeism alone, according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

Of course, employers aren’t the only ones hurting from the opioid epidemic. According to a survey from the National Safety Council (NSC), one in four Americans personally knows someone who has overdosed or died from an opioid overdose, knows someone who has become addicted to opioids, or has become addicted themselves.

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