30. Addiction at Work

You know what I think about drug addiction? Drug addiction is a devastating illness that wrecks lives and families, but unless the issue touches us personally we don’t see it, do we? It doesn’t really affect us, right? Wrong. Almost 15 million Americans suffer from addiction and 11 million of them are gainfully employed–they work for us. And we may never know it because they’re afraid. Afraid of losing their jobs, their families, of being stereotyped. So they hide their addiction and keep working. And it costs American businesses billions dollars a year in lost productivity, absenteeism, workplace injuries, and turnover. In a zero tolerance world, can we have empathy and accountability for those suffering from drug addiction or are the two antithetical?

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