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Majority of HR Professionals Feel Ill-Trained to Address Opioids Plaguing the Workplace


The opioid epidemic is having a tangible effect on employers of all sizes nationwide, and a majority of U.S. workers and HR professionals feel they have limited knowledge and resources to address addiction.

This is according to a survey of 2,000 U.S. workers and 500 HR leaders by The Hartford. Two-thirds of HR professionals (67%) said their companies are affected by opioid use today or will be in the future. In addition, 65% of HR professionals said opioid addiction is having a financial impact on their company.

“Now is the time for the business community to join in a united effort advancing addiction prevention, treatment and recovery,” said The Hartford’s Chairman and CEO Christopher Swift. “All of us – companies, citizens and communities – must work together to overcome this crisis.”

The survey found most employees (76%) and HR professionals (64%) do not think they are well-trained to help their colleagues addicted to opioids. 24% of HR professionals and 18% of employees feel very/extremely confident that they could spot the signs of opioid addiction, and 19% of HR professionals and employees feel very/extremely knowledgeable about how to reduce the risk of opioid addiction.

In order to close the knowledge gap about opioids, break the stigma of addiction, and foster prevention, treatment and recovery, The Hartford has partnered with nonprofit Shatterproof on an online educational program that covers the fundamentals of opioids and addiction and provides information and resources for family, friends and colleagues of individuals dealing with addiction.

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