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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.