Man with a drink Among surveyrespondents, 60 percent say their workers are facing more mentalhealth and substance abuse issues compared with two years ago(Photo: Getty Images)

Amidst the growing opioid epidemic, many employers have no idea ofthe extent to which their workers are abusing the drug—or any otherdrug for that matter, according to the report, “Mental Health and Substance Abuse Benefits: 2018Survey Results,” by the International Foundation of EmployeeBenefit Plans.

The foundation surveyed its members and found that nearly half(42 percent) of the respondents say they are unsure of theprevalence of prescription drug addiction/substance abuse in theirorganization. That's because less than a third (30 percent) areconducting claims analyses.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.