Workers struggling with opioid addiction miss nearly 50 percent more days than their peers, according to analysis from the National Safety Council, NORC at the University of Chicago and Shatterproof. Further, there is a persistent gap between employer perceptions of impact and the actual human and business costs of substance use. Another NSC survey found only 39 percent of employers view prescription drug use as a threat to safety, and only 24 percent feel it is a problem, despite 71 percent saying they have experienced an issue. Construction entertainment, recreation and food service businesses have twice the national average number of employees with substance use disorders. Whereas, industries dominated by women or older adults have a two-thirds lower rate of substance abuse.
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