Pain Pills on the Streets Rarely Come from Dealers

While speaking at a meeting about the prescription drug problem and how it relates to the workplace, Carl Alves, director of Drug Free New Bedford, said people get pain relievers from families and friends who do not secure or safely dispose of their medication. (Editor’s note: More recent research shows opioid abusers typically get their drugs from dealers or by doctor shopping.) 

Katie Gilfeather, director of Outlook Employee Assistance Program of New Bedford, said the problem surfaces in the workplace through employee accidents, absenteeism, higher healthcare costs, loss of productivity, employee morale, turnover, and litigation. She urged Massachusetts businesses to stop denying the problem exists and to promote drug-free workplaces, including employee assistance.