Mental Health and Drug Safety Newest Be Smart. Be Well. WorksSM Topics
Why should employers be concerned with mental health and drug safety? Because both have a real and quantifiable effect on workplace safety, performance, absenteeism and the bottom line.
- According to the National Business Group on Health, approximately 217 million days of work are lost annually due to mental illness and substance abuse disorders, costing U.S. employers $17 billion each year.
- About one in five U.S. adults has a diagnosable mental disorder and many suffer in silence, without ever seeking treatment.
- Mental disorders are the leading cause of disability for people ages 18 to 44 and cost employers billions of dollars each year.
- Almost 4 billion prescription drugs are dispensed every year
- Many Americans take five or more drugs a day.
- Accidental overdoses, drug addiction and drug misuse are on the rise* and employers are experiencing increased health care costs and decreased productivity.
- By investing in substance abuse treatment, employers' savings can exceed costs by a 12 to 1 ratio.**
Be Smart. Be Well. Works Can Help
Go to besmartbewell.com/works where you'll find an employer toolkit filled with tools and resources to help your clients address health and wellness issues that are impacting their workforce. Please encourage your clients to do the same.
Both the employer Be Smart. Be Well. Works and consumer Be Smart. Be Well websites are continually updated with new topics. Be Smart. Be Well. Works currently features caregiving, domestic violence, childhood obesity, mental health and drug safety; soon, the site will add childhood asthma, which was recently added to Be Smart. Be Well, the site for consumers and your employees. Be Smart. Be Well. also will add food safety as a topic center in 2011.
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* Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
** The New York Times, Sept. 19, 2009