Substance Abuse

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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

Sep 30, 2019
New Illicit Drug Tool-Kit for First Responders

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) this month released a new virtual Tool-Kit and provides resources to help keep these workers safe when arriving on scene where illicit drugs, including fentanyl, are present or suspected to be present.

Source: NIOSH

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

May 28, 2019
Preventing Occupational Exposure to Healthcare Personnel in Hospital and Clinic Settings

llicit fentanyl and its analogues pose a potential hazard to healthcare personnel who could come into contact with these drugs in the course of their work in hospital and clinic settings. This document discusses best work practices, training and PPE to protect employees.

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

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

Jun 01, 2016
Addiction Guide

Addiction Guide is your reliable source on addiction and the dangers of illicit substances. We cover how drugs and alcohol affect the body, how to identify the signs and symptoms of abuse, and where to seek effective treatment.

Source: Addiction Guide