One in three workers reported using painkillers with the majority of those on prescription drugs and less than 5% of workers reported abuse of painkillers or addicts, according to a study released Wednesday by the Integrated Benefits Institute.
Studying the effect of the opioid epidemic and abuse on the US labor force, the Oakland, California-based research organization, examined the phone 84 579 US workers over the age of 18 between 2015 and 2017, 74% of whom reported working full-time,
Many Findings included: 33% of the workers reported using prescription painkillers.
Less than 1% reported any heroin use.
The prices of alcohol abuse and dependence are due to the problematic use of painkillers and other prescription drugs in 7% of employees interviewed.
The use of cocaine or methamphetamine was relatively rare, with less than 3% and 1
%, respectively.  Excess absence associated with painkillers was greater than excess absence in connection with any other subject. On average, non-problematic use of analgesics was associated with 0.8 days of excess absence per month compared to non-users. The problematic use of analgesics was associated with 2.0 absence or 1.2 days per month compared to non-users.
Adoption of a 20-day work month was the use of analgesics associated with a loss of about 1.3% of the monthly workforce of 1,000 employees. The non-problematic use of analgesics accounted for 96% of these losses.