Opioids at Work Employer Toolkit

Begin Addressing Opioids in Your Organization

This toolkit includes sample policies, fact sheets, presentations, safety talks, posters, white papers, reports, videos and more, so you can implement a workplace program on opioids. These materials will help you understand how opioids impact the workplace, recognize signs of impairment, educate employees on the risks of opioid use, develop drug-related HR policies and support employees who are struggling with opioid misuse.

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Getting Started

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Month-by-Month Implementation Plan

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Opioids in the Workplace

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Understanding Substance Use Disorders

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Understanding Opioids

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Preventing Opioid Misuse in the Workplace

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Understanding Treatment and Recovery

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Understanding Stigma

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Opioid FAQs and Stats

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Case Study: Nationwide Cares

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How Opioids Impact Employees' Safety and Your Bottom Line

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Building a Recovery-Friendly Workplace

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Getting Started

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Month-by-Month Implementation Plan

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Developing a Drug-free Workplace Program

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Legal and Regulatory Considerations

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Understanding Drug Testing and Opioids

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Employee Assistance Programs and the Opioid Crisis

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Navigating Benefits and Health Care Data

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Communicating with Employees About Opioids

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Sample Employee Engagement Survey

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Building Employee Buy-in

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Sample Policy

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Impairment, Safety and Opioids

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Naloxone in the Workplace

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Learning About Opioid Overdose

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Getting Started

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Month-by-Month Implementation Plan

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Training Supervisors

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Building Employee Buy-in

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Communicating with Employees About Opioids

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Building a Recovery-friendly Workplace

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Impairment, Safety and Opioids

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Educational Materials

Opioids 101 Educational Presentation

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Medication Safety and Disposal

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Are You Taking Any of These Medications?

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Opioid Use and Workplace Safety

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Understanding Opioids and How They Work

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Opioid Misuse, Addiction and Overdose

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Getting Started

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Month-by-Month Implementation Plan

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Opioids and the Brain

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Asking for Help at Work

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Are You Taking Any of These Medications?

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Medication Safety and Disposal

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Opioids in the Workplace

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Understanding Opioids and How They Work

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Opioid Misuse, Addiction and Overdose

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Opioids 101 Educational Presentation

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Warn Me Labels: Are You Sure You Aren't Taking an Opioid?

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Warn Me Labels - Español

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Order Warn Me Labels

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Warn Me Label User Guide

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Communicating With Your Employees About Opioids

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Learning About Opioid Overdose

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General Resources
Injury Facts, produced by the National Safety Council, is the go-to source for injury and death statistics and their related costs.

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The NSC white paper, Prescription Nation, offers a state-by-state comparison of six key actions taken to address the opioid epidemic. Includes background information and case studies.

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Celebrating Lost Loved Ones, an NSC interactive map, allows users to place an image and description honoring loved ones lost to the opioid crisis. Help raise awareness about the broad impact of this epidemic.

Honor Your Loved One

Review this timeline to see the key steps NSC has taken towards eradicating the opioid epidemic.

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Poison Control Centers offer free, confidential medical advice 24 hours a day through the Poison Help Line, (800) 222-1222. This service provides a primary resource for poisoning and drug information, and helps reduce emergency department visits through in-home treatment.

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This CDC resource provides opioid misuse prevention strategies targeted at public health professionals, law enforcement, local organizations and others serving their communities.

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Review the Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids report and accompanying materials, which includes an overview of the crisis, and prevention and treatment information.

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U.S. Department for Health and Human Services provides a national helpline, a treatment locator, and opioid specific facts and strategies to combat the crisis.

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Drug-free Workplace
The NSC Substance Use Calculator provides business leaders with specific information about the cost of substance use in their workplace based on number of employees, industry and state.

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This NSC report, The Proactive Role Employers Can Take, discusses current evidence surrounding opioid medications and their potential impact on the workplace.

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The NSC report, Prescription Pain Medications: A Fatal Cure for Injured Workers, discusses promising workers’ compensation practices that can protect injured workers from the potential harm arising from opioid use.

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NIOSH Workplace Solutions White Paper includes information on medications for addiction treatment and what employers can do to support treatment for workers with a substance use disorder.

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National Drug-free Workplace Alliance provides drug-free workplace program resources, such as online training, consultation services and educational content.

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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health provides and assortment of resources for employers, such as workplace data and research, field investigations and educational tools.

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers a Drug-free Workplace Toolkit with information to help employers create and maintain drug-free workplace programs. This page also includes a Model Plan for a Comprehensive Drug-free Workplace Program for reference.

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Treatment and Recovery
Capacitype focuses on recovery access and information primarily through its recovery resource locator map.

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SAMHSA lists substance misuse and mental health treatment providers by Zip Code and operates a 24/7 helpline for treatment referral and information.

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This SAMHSA handbook can help individuals looking for information on treatment for opioid use disorder, and it provides tools to aid the decision-making process.

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Medication Safety
Pass out these labels in your workplace or community to encourage individuals to have a discussion with their medical providers about the risks of prescribed opioids and whether there are safer, effective alternatives.

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The Drug Enforcement Administration provides resources on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and a collection site locator tool for year-round disposal. You also can find take-back PSAs and other helpful drug disposal resources.

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Stericycle offers Seal&Send envelopes as a DEA-compliant solution to dispose of unused medication.

Dispose of Your Meds

Protect Initiative brings together public health agencies, private sector companies, professional organizations, consumer/patient advocates and academic experts to develop strategies to keep children safe from unintentional medication overdoses.

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Personal Testimonials
The NSC Prescribed to Death Memorial aims to increase awareness about the risks of prescription opioids.

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The NSC Prescribed to Death video examines how opioids have impacted families across the nation.

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Louie Miceli was prescribed painkillers after a sports injury. He eventually switched to heroin and died from an overdosed in 2012. His mother, Felicia, speaks on the dangers of opioids.

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Millions of Americans are prescribed opioids each year. Rigo was one of them.

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Bill was prescribed hydrocodone due to severe lower back pain, which he had lived with for most of his working life. His brother tells his story.

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Educational Resources
The NSC Physician Speakers Bureau is composed of medical experts who specifically address and educate on opioid safety, addiction and treatment.

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Learn the signs and symptoms of an overdose by watching this NSC video.

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Share these CDC resources with employees; posters, videos, podcasts and more cover a variety of topics related to opioids, such as chronic pain, pregnancy and overdose.

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The CDC provides resources to help inform the general public about the caution needed if someone is considering taking opioids.

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This campaign includes a shareable video that targets parents of teens to prevent opioid misuse. It also provides strategies for parents to talk with their kids about the dangers of misusing drugs.

Don't Live in Denial, Ohio

The Partnership for Drug Free Kids provides resources to help parents and caregivers address alcohol and drug misuse with their teens. This organization also provides a helpline.

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The Addictionary is a helpful tool to encourage destigmatized language surrounding addiction.

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Shatterproof is a national nonprofit dedicated to ending the devastation addiction causes families. You'll find learning materials, advocacy events and other ways to get involved.

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