One of the many disturbing aspects of the opioid epidemic is its effect on employment. Various researchers have found evidence that addiction causes people to lose their jobs, and they often give up trying to stay employed. But other research points to indications that many addicted workers manage to hold onto their jobs.
The situation for employers with addicted-but-employed workers can get complicated as managers and supervisors grapple with questions such as these: Does an addicted employee pose a safety hazard? What’s the effect of addiction on productivity and morale? What if an