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Workplace Crisis

Mental Health Crisis In the Workplace

 
 
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workdays lost annually due to alcohol abuse

Cost to Employers

  • Abuse of alcohol, drugs and tobacco costs more than $740 billion annually in healthcare related costs, work productivity and crime having a major impact on company results, recruitment and retention strategy.

  • 2,000,000 US adults are addicted to opioids. Drug overdoses have doubled over the last 10 years.

  • Over the past five years, employer’s behavioral health expenses have jumped by more than 10% annually, compared with annual increase of 5% for other medical costs. 

  • Employees with a mental health disorder make six times as many emergency room visits as the overall population and submit two to four times as many medical claims. 

  • More days of work have been missed from mental health disorders then any other chronic condition such as diabetes, asthma and arthritis.

  • 20 million (8.4% of adults) have a substance use disorder and 7.9 million people have both mental health and substance use disorders. Over 70% of these adults are in the workforce. Only 1 in 10 have received any treatment to reduce or stop use.

 
 
 
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Claims an employee with depression submits each year (3x the average)

Stigma

  • Prejudice and exclusion exist in the workplace making mental health extremely difficult to discuss.

  • Management does not have access to training to address substance use and mental health disorders in the workplace. This lack of training has implications; 3 out of 4 employees choose not to involve anyone at work on these issues.

  • 8 out of 10 workers say shame and stigma prevented them from seeking help for a substance use disorder or mental health condition. 

  • Only 20% of HR professionals report their company openly and proactively address addiction. 

 
 
 
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NUMBER OF Americans THAT die DAILY of a drug overdose

Poor Clinical Outcomes

  • It has been reported that 90% of alcoholics and addicts will experience at least one relapse following treatment. This high rate of relapse is very costly to employers.

  • The current addiction treatment methods are outdated with a high rate of non-completion. It is difficult to judge the quality of different treatment programs.

  • The healthcare system is fragmented with little coordination of care and oversight.

  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAP’s) are necessary and valuable; however additional resources are needed when dealing with the complexities of substance use and mental health disorders to provide coordination and oversight.

 
 
 
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COMPANIES THAT CONFIRM THE OPIOID epidemic has significantly affected their workforce