Seventy employees of a West Virginia business went through random drug testing. Twelve of them, or 17.1 percent, failed.
That’s just one example of the growing concern about prescription drug abuse among those in manufacturing, mining, construction and other industries in the Mountain State and across the country.
A recent study by the National Institutes of Health revealed prescription drugs were to blame for 33 percent of opiate rehab admissions in 2009, up from just 8 percent a decade earlier.
Workers who are under the influence of painkillers such as Vicodin, OxyContin and Fentanyl often equate to a prescription for problems. In addition to the obvious safety issues, officials say drug abuse often results in less productivity, more absenteeism and theft.