May 5, 2018
Preventing Opioid Abuse: Your Business Can Join the Fight
By Karla Smith, RN, Occupational and Employee Health Services Program Director
Over 115 Americans die each day form opioid overdose. Opioids include powerful prescription pain medications and the illegal drug heroin. Sixty-eight percent of the U.S. workforce have at least one prescription for pain medication and 25 percent of patients prescribed opioids for pain misuse them.
In the state of Kansas, the highest numbers for prescription opioids are counties in the central and southeast regions.
Urine drug screening shows the presence of drug residue(s) that remain in the body after the effects of the drug(s) have worn off. A typical urine drug test for employment purposes screens for, but is not limited to: opiates, amphetamines, barbiturates, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamines.
Statistics show that 65 percent of all job related accidents are drug and/or alcohol related, resulting in an average cost of $7,000 for a single employee, yet only 46 percent of employers choose to do pre-employment drug/alcohol screening and only 25 percent do post-accident drug/alcohol screening.
Drug and/or alcohol abuse creates significant safety and health hazards in the work place and can also result in decreased productivity and poor employee morale. Drug screening can prevent the hiring of individuals who use illegal drugs or obtain drugs illegally.
William Newton Hospital’s Occupational Health Services offers a wide variety of drug and alcohol screening services as well as physicals, Physical Capacity Profile testing, biometric screenings and cardio-respiratory screenings. To learn more about how these services can benefit you or your business, contact Karla Smith, RN at 620-222-6233.
The "Weekend Check-Up" is a regular health column published in the Cowley Courier Traveler penned by employees and friends of William Newton Hospital.
Occupational and Employee Health Services Program Director Karla Smith, RN, demonstrates the use of a breathalyzer on laboratory employee Jamie Becker.