Learn About Addiction

The science is indisputable: addiction is a chronic disease that changes the brain. Substance use disorders have a high cost to society – and to employers. Learn how addiction changes the brain, and get the facts on problematic use of alcohol, marijuana, and prescription pills.

Drug overdoses killed more than 72,000 Americans in 20171

Overall drug overdose death rates increased by 21.5% in a single year1

The economic cost of the opioid crisis is estimated to be $504 billion2


Additional Information

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Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) among employees
One out of 13 working adults have an alcohol use disorder. Learn about the impact and actions you can take as an employer.

Concerns with marijuana: Use impacts the workplace
As state laws continue to change it can be difficult for employers to respond to the use of medical marijuana. Here is what you need to know about the legalization of marijuana and how to adopt your Drug Free Workplace Program.

Risk factors for prescription drug misuse & addiction to prescription pain medications
Certain groups are more likely than others to misuse prescription pain medications or become addicted to opiates. Learn how to address opioid use in your workplace.

Substance use & gender
Gender is an important factor for employers to consider when understanding trends of substance use and misuse to help guide intervention, policy, and health programs.

Prescription drug abuse: What employers can do
Building a Drug Free Workplace Program focused on education, testing, and strong support services can reduce the impact of prescription painkiller misuse.

The proactive role employers can take: Opioids in the workplace
Employers who have strong workplace policies, education, health benefit programs and well-trained managers create safe and healthy environments in which both employees and business thrive.

Calculate the Impact in Your Workplace

The Real Cost of Substance Use to Employers is an easy-to-use tool providing business leaders with specific information about the cost of untreated substance use in their workplace based on size of employee base, industry and state.

What Can You Do Now?

Providing education through the Shatterproof Addiction Wellness at Work Program is a key element of a comprehensive workplace program. By taking a proactive approach you are addressing the nation's largest social health crisis – addiction.
REFERENCES
1. CDC
2. The White House Council of Economic Advisers November 2017 Report on The Underestimated Cost of the Opioid Crisis