Workplace Substance Abuse

Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences Featured Resources provide the latest information on workplace safety, health and well-being. Additional information can be filtered by topic in the supporting navigation to the left of the article content.

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Nov 25, 2019
OccHealthSci 2019 Fall Symposium: Substance Use and the Workplace

This Nov. 15, 2019 symposium presented the current knowledge regarding substance use (cannabis, alcohol, opioids, and other substances) and its impact on workplace safety and employee health. Visit the page for access to handouts and recorded webinars.

Source: OccHealthSci

Aug 22, 2019
NIOSH Resources related to the Opioid Crisis

This webpage, provided by NIOSH, lists resources including tools for workplaces, research on workplaces, and general resources addressing opioid usage.

Source: NIOSH

Oct 29, 2018
Workers Using Prescription Opioids and/or Benzodiazepines Can Face Safety and Health Risks

The opioid crisis that faces the nation has a great impact on workers and NIOSH has a comprehensive program to address opioids in workers. One issue of concern is workers who use prescription opioids and/or benzodiazepines for medically appropriate reasons.

Source: NIOSH

Oct 26, 2018
Using Naloxone to Reverse Opioid Overdose in the Workplace: Information for Employers and Workers

Naloxone is a very effective drug for reversing opioid overdoses. NIOSH developed this information to help employers and workers understand the risk of opioid overdose and help them decide if they should establish a workplace naloxone availability and use program.

Source: NIOSH

Sep 27, 2018
Construction workers are uniquely at risk for heroin overdoses, study finds

This article discusses unique substance use and abuse within the construction industry.

Source: The Inquirer

Aug 16, 2018
Synthetic cannabinoids: What are they? What are their effects?

Synthetic cannabinoids (“synthetic marijuana,” “Spice,” “K2”) are various manmade chemicals that some people may use as an alternative to marijuana. These seemingly innocent little packages of “fake weed” can cause serious side effects that are very different from those of marijuana.

Source: CDC

Jul 26, 2018
NIOSH Workplace Safety & Health Topics: Opioids

The effects of opioid use and misuse are not isolated to work or home environments, and the potential for addiction may be preceded by injuries that happen in the workplace, with the consequences affecting both an individual’s working life as well as their home life.

Source: NIOSH

Jul 05, 2017
Workplace Strategies: Risk of Impairment from Cannabis

CCOHS has published a white paper to help address these questions and offers guidance to reducing the impact of impairment on the workplace.

Source: CCOHS

May 16, 2017
Oregon OSHA Fact Sheet: Post-incident drug and alcohol testing

This fact sheet clarifies confusion that may exist about Oregon OSHA's rules prohibiting retaliating against employees for reporting work-related injuries, and employer drug testing policies.

Source: Oregon OSHA

Jan 18, 2017
CCOHS OSH Answers: Substance Abuse in the Workplace

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety addresses questions related to substance abuse in the workplace, including suggestions for substance abuse policies.

Source: CCOHS