We know the numbers: Of those Hoosiers who are struggling with substance use disorder and drug issues, 58% of them are working.

And they’re working across the state – in all manner of industry, company size and job title.

What are employers doing to help those employees with substance use disorder or those who are in recovery? This is where we need your help.

The Indiana Chamber, Wellness Council of Indiana and state officials are encouraging employers of all sizes and types of business to take the anonymous Indiana Workplace Substance Use & Recovery Survey. Open now through mid-December, the online survey will assess business perceptions, attitudes, knowledge and current practices related to substance abuse and prevention in the workplace.

“We cannot emphasize enough the importance of business community participation in this survey,” says Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar. “A thorough understanding of employer attitudes and impacts is required to provide the best possible assistance. This is a workforce, business and employee health priority for the Chamber and the Wellness Council of Indiana.”

We need your input, employers.

We are collecting this data (and supplementing it with secondary research) to help guide our efforts to develop a strong, drug-free Hoosier workforce, as part of the Indiana Workforce Recovery initiative. We created the initiative earlier this year as a strategic partnership with Gov. Eric Holcomb and his administration to combat the opioid epidemic.

But we know substance use and the opioid epidemic is not the only public health crisis that will ever arise, and the long-term goal of Indiana Workforce Recovery is putting employers in a proactive position to help stem this and future crises. You can read more about Indiana Workforce Recovery in this BizVoice® story.

What are we looking for in the anonymous survey (which takes about 15 minutes to complete)? Here are a few areas you can expect to see on the survey:

  • What’s the perceived prevalence and impact of substance abuse on the workforce?
  • What is the extent that components of a drug-free workplace program are being administered?
  • How frequently are job seekers and employees testing positive for drugs?
  • What are some of your attitudes and practices around second chances for those who test positive?
  • Do you have a knowledge of available resources?
  • What are your overall attitudes about substance abuse prevention and treatment?

Please take a few minutes and fill out the survey. If you have any questions or need additional information, contact Mike Thibideau, program director for Indiana Workforce Recovery, at [email protected] or by calling (317) 264-2166.

Charlee Beasor is the communications & PR manager for the Indiana Chamber. She is also a writer for the Chamber’s award-winning BizVoice magazine and has been with the organization for eight years.