In the U.S. 60 people die every day from prescription opioid painkiller overdoses. According to the National Safety Council drug overdose is the leading cause of preventable deaths for adults age 25 to 64. The frequency of prescription opioid drug use has proven to be hazardous to not only users, but also to those who live and work with individuals with substance abuse disorders.
Construction and food service businesses are among the list of industries with double the national average number of employees affected. There is a tremendous risk associated with employing an individual with a substance abuse disorder, especially in industries like construction and food services where one mistake could have devastating effects on other workers, customers, and pedestrians.
Employers must provide a safe working environment for employees. If an employer fails to put proper safety systems in place and a worker or civilian is injured it is imperative to hold the employer accountable. If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence contact us today. For more information on prescription opioid misuse in the workplace click here.