Prescription Drug Abuse Continues to Rise in Workplace

Prescription Drug Abuse Continues to Rise in Workplace

Prescription Drug Abuse Continues to Rise in Workplace

The abuse of prescription drugs in the workplace has risen in recent months, leading many to believe that there could be further problems with accidents and deaths. Many believe that they are able to skirt the law by using prescription drugs in place of illegal narcotics while working.

With the rise in drug testing for employees all over the country, many have turned to prescriptions to fill the need. However, many of the prescription medications have the same effects as illegal narcotics. This level of abuse has led to increases in deadly workplace accidents.

The American Council for Drug Education has said that many of the worst workplace accidents could have been prevented if the employers were knowledgeable about prescription drug abuse. They have estimated that 70% of drug abusers hold down regular jobs and therefore go undetected by law enforcement officials.

A group known as The Pain Truth has decided to release literature to the employers around the country that will help them identify problems with drug abuse within the workplace. This literature is designed to help the employer fight off the problem of sometimes fatal workplace accidents.

Prescription drug abuse has more than tripled since 2005. Many have said it is far too easy to get their hands on prescription drugs that are just as intoxicating as the illegal drugs on the market. The DEA has cracked down on doctors who freely prescribe addictive narcotics to those with a history of drug abuse.


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