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

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

The foundation surveyed its members and found that nearly half (42 percent) of the respondents say they are unsure of the prevalence of prescription drug addiction/substance abuse in their organization. That’s because less than a third (30 percent) are conducting 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.

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