Addiction takes a massive toll on workers, their families, communities, and our society. Opioid addiction, in particular, does not discriminate and can affect even high functioning and successful workers.
Opioid misuse rates are high in industries where workers have physically demanding jobs, perform repetitive motions, or spend long periods of time on their feet. Chemical dependency can impact an employee's job performance and threaten the safety of both the employee and their co-workers. Supporting treatment is the right thing for both the employee and the company.
Introducing workplace opioid education can help reduce stigma and allow prevention/recovery resources to be easily shared.
- Train supervisors to spot signs of addiction.
- Inform your workplace about the dangers of prescription medications.
- Educate employees on resources available to them and their families.
- Create an open and safe environment