In safety news:

A National Safety Council study released yesterday revealed that employees are often unaware of the dangers of prescription opioids or confused about narcotic medication that they have been prescribed. One example reveals the primary confusion: when asked if they had taken or been prescribed an opioid painkiller in the past three years, 29 percent of respondents answered yes. Subsequently, when asked the same question after being shown a list of opioids including drugs such as codeine, hydrocodone and oxycodone, 42 percent answered affirmatively. Further, only 12 percent of respondents said that they were concerned about becoming addicted while taking opioids. The NSC encouraged employers to provide resources and education to their employees in order to keep a safe and healthy workforce. Data for these conclusions was gleaned from 1,000 online survey respondents over January and February 2015.

Read further coverage from Business Insurance here. Access NSC’s data and resources for employers here.

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