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A new survey of 2,000 workers and 500 HR professionals by The Hartford shows that two-thirds of HR professionals (67 percent) said their companies are impacted by opioid use today or will be in the future. In addition, 65 percent of HR professionals said opioid addiction is having a financial impact on their company today. A large majority of employees (76 percent) and HR professionals (64 percent) do not feel they are well-trained to help their colleagues addicted to opioids. Only 24 percent of HR professionals and 18 percent of employees feel very/extremely confident that they could spot the signs of opioid addiction, and only 19 percent of HR professionals and employees feel very/extremely knowledgeable about how to reduce the risk of opioid addiction. The Hartford has partnered with Shatterproof, a nonprofit, to produce an online education program and close the knowledge gap.

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