More Companies Are Testing For Prescription Drug Abuse

Nearly 15 million Americans aged 12 or older abused prescription medications in 2008, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Rehabilitation facilities have the resources individuals need to eliminate their dependency on prescription drugs. However, not everyone who takes a medication intends to become addicted or abuse these drugs at all.

Sue Bates, an employee with an automotive company, lost her job after 22 years when she tested positive for a medication she takes for back pain. Hydrocodone, a narcotic, was deemed unsafe by her company, according to the New York Times.

“If the medicine they’re taking is not good for them or the workplace, then there should be some sort of program where they can teach us how that affects you or see if something else can be worked out,” Bates told the news source.

However, there is no federal law that mandates employee drug testing, meaning companies are permitted to do as they please. Although hydrocodone is a common prescription medication administered by doctors for pain, individuals can become dependent on the drug over time. Substance abuse treatment centers can help addicts detoxify and get their lives back on track.