Painkillers on the Job

Enough prescription painkillers were provided in 2010 to medicate every American around the clock for an entire month.

CONCLUSION: This means that at any given time, many employees may be using prescription painkillers on the job.


  • The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports the number of prescription medicine abusers in 2014 was 6.5 million.
  • Be alert to potential drug use and abuse in the workplace, and use the channels provided by your employer to get help for yourself or a coworker.