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Title: A Substance Use Cost Calculator for US Employers With an Emphasis on Prescription Pain Medication Misuse
A_Substance_Use_Cost_Calculator_for_US_Employers.pdf  (303.47 kB)  
Authors: Goplerud, Eric N.
Hodge, Sarah
Benham, Tess
Date: 2017-11
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.
Citation: Goplerud, E., Hodge, S. & Benham, T. (2017). A substance use cost calculator for US employers with an emphasis on prescription pain medication misuse. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 59(11), 1063-1071.
Abstract: Objective: Substance use disorders are among the most common and costly health conditions affecting Americans. Despite estimates of national costs exceeding $400 billion annually, individual companies may not see how substance use impacts their bottom lines through lost productivity and absenteeism, turnover, health care expenses, disability, and workers’ compensation. Methods: Data on employed adults (18 years and older) from 3 years (2012 to 2014) of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health Public Use Data Files were analyzed. Results: The results offer employers an authoritative, free, epidemiologically grounded, and easy-to-use tool that gives specific information about how alcohol, prescription pain medication misuse, and illicit drug use is likely impacting workplaces like theirs. Conclusion: Employers have detailed reports of the cost of substance use that can be used to improve workplace policies and health benefits.
Subject Keywords: productivity
substance use disorders
health care expenses
Real Costs of Substance Use in Your Workforce
Substance abuse--Economic aspects--United States
Labor productivity
Absenteeism (Labor)
Prescription Drug Misuse
Sponsors: Funding for this study was provided by a contract from the National Safety Council. All sources of support were provided by National Safety Council, Shatterproof.
Description: From the NORC at the University of Chicago, Bethesda, Maryland (Dr Goplerud, Ms Hodge); and National Safety Council, Itasca, Illinois (Ms Benham).
Peer Reviewed: YES
Type: Article
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