Real Costs of Rx Pain Meds, Opioids and Substance Use in the Workplace: What Employers and Communities Can Do
Date & Time
Monday, April 2, 2018, 2:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Eric Goplerud, PhD, MA, Vice President and Senior Fellow Public Health, NORC at the University of Chicago
Shannon Hartley, Chief Marketing Officer, Shatterproof
Jenny Burke, JD, Senior Director, Advocacy, National Safety Council
Moderator: Gary Enos, MS, Editor, Addiction Professional
CE Certified By: AMA,AAFP,ANCC
More than 75% of adults with a substance use disorder and 60% with an opioid use disorder work. Yet few employers, government policymakers, treatment programs or anti-drug coalitions are doing much for them. In this session, presenters will demonstrate the Real Cost of Substance Use to Employers calculator — a new, free online tool that can help businesses and public employers understand how untreated substance use impacts their bottom lines. The tool shows costs avoided if workers get treatment and recover, as well as evidence-based policies and practices that could be implemented to avoid lost productivity and absenteeism, excessive turn-over, healthcare expenses, disability and workers’ compensation costs associated with untreated substance use. The Real Costs tool provides authoritative estimates of substance use costs and costs avoided based on large government epidemiologic surveys and research. Presenters will share examples of approaches that employers are taking to address the opioid epidemic among workers and their families.
UPON COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE, PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ABLE TO:
- Explain how untreated Rx pain medication misuse and substance use disorders impact employers’ bottom lines and apply it to employers in their community.
- Describe the costs avoided when workers with a substance use disorder get treatment and recover from their addiction.
- Identify promising practices that employers and others are taking to address opioid and substance use among the workforce.
- Use the Real Cost of Substance Use to Employers calculator in their own workforce or with employers in their communities.