Growing Opioid Abuse Presents Problems For Employers

Law360, New York (April 6, 2015, 10:34 AM EDT) -- Over the past 25 years, workplace drug testing has become increasingly widespread and accepted and for good reason — many companies that implemented drug testing saw dramatic decreases in employee accidents and injuries. In some cases, the declines exceeded 70 percent. Moreover, many applicants who use illegal drugs now know better than to waste their time applying for work at companies who make their testing policies known.

Today, however, a new substance abuse threat is rapidly emerging. This threat has nothing to do with efforts to broaden the legal use of marijuana. That is a topic for another day. This emerging...

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