Workplace Substance Abuse
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.