MOUNT VERNON — As Ohio continues to see increases in overdose deaths — about 14 people a day die in the state, employers are being encouraged to take a proactive approach with employees in an effort toward recovery rather than termination.
“We can do things at the policy level that can save lives,” said Karen Pierce, managing director of Working Partners and speaker during Tuesday’s Knox Substance Abuse Action Team discussion on the employer’s role in recovery.
Pierce began her discussion by stating she understands a second chance program isn’t doable for every company, and sometimes there is a larger corporation in charge of the policies involving drugs and alcohol. For those that can decide their own policies, there are several things to consider. For instance, how do you address a positive drug test, and how will you implement your second chance program should that be the route your company chooses?