Nearly 50,000 Americans lost their lives to opioid-related overdoses in 2016.
Needless to say, our opioid problem is a national epidemic. And, Ohio sits right on the front lines, with the 3rd highest rate of annual opioid-related deaths, trailing only West Virginia and New Hampshire.
My state, however, is not taking this problem sitting down. Last week, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce launched its Employer Opioid Toolkit.
The free online course — titled, A Dose of Reality for Employers — is a five-module overview of the legal and operational issues facing employers when handling an employee’s use of opioids.
The 13- to 16-minute modules cover:
- The impact of opioids in the workplace.
- Legally-sound drug-free workplace programs.
- Crafting a workplace drug policy that right for your operations and culture,
- The why, when, and how of workplace drug testing.
- Responding to an employee’s harmful use of drugs.
The workplace is a powerful place to both prevent and intervene in the harmful use of substances. It is also the ideal environment to arm employees with information and strategies to help keep their children, or those they influence, drug-free. With these tools, operating a comprehensive drug-free workplace program can increase safety, decrease liability, protect an organization’s reputation and profitability.