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Safety Tips | Wellness

Preventing prescription drug abuse

May 23, 2014

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Prescription drug abuse is a rising epidemic that can significantly affect the workplace. Symptoms of prescription drug abuse can be hard to spot. However, if you suspect an employee is abusing or addicted to a prescription medication, contact human resources or your employee assistance program. Behaviors that may indicate a worker has a prescription drug-related problem include:

  • Lack of focus
  • Poor decision-making
  • Declining work quality
  • Poor judgment
  • Unusual carelessness
  • Frequently missing work

To help prevent drug misuse:

  • Always follow your doctor’s recommended dosage.
  • Keep medications in their original containers.
  • Dispose of leftover or expired drugs safely; go to nsc.org/disposalresources for more information.