by The Discovering Alcoholic on January 22, 2009

A TDA PSA at The Discovering AlcoholicThe United States Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has posted an informative list of 14 two page PDF’s emphasizing how employers can save money by improving access to treatment for employees with substance abuse issues. Much of the info is repeatedly presented so I wonder why they decided on providing so many different documents, but I guess it doesn’t hurt to repeat the message.

Several facts stood out from the crowd including that close to three quarters of the population with substance abuse issues are working, that investing in treatment can result in a 12 to 1 savings, and that safety and production are raised by increased awareness and resources. The emphasis to employers on money saved instead of lives improved seems a little cold, but I guess when it comes to business it is better to appeal to their bottom line.

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