Opioid Abuse in the Workplace: Using Effective Drug Testing and Policies to Reduce the Pain of the Painkiller Epidemic


Instructor: Joe Keenan
Product ID: 705739

  • Duration: 90 Min
This opioid abuse prevention webinar will cover all of the elements of having an effective employee drug intervention program and a drug testing program in the workplace. We will cover in detail the background of the growing problem of prescription opioid abuse in the workplace. It will have discussion on how to combat this growing problem and will provide best practices for creating and implementing a reliable drug testing program.
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Why Should You Attend:

The results of studies and surveys on drug abuse at the workplace have not been very encouraging. The death rate from prescription opioids is more than four times higher than where it was in 1999. As many as 91 Americans die every day from an opioids overdose. Moreover, over 1,000 people undergo treatment in emergency rooms for misusing prescription opioids on a daily basis. Most alarmingly, 25% of people who receive opioid prescriptions for long-term, non-cancer pain management struggle with addiction. With the ever-growing rate of abusing prescription opioids in the workplace, it has become more important than ever to have an effective employee intervention program and drug testing policy in place.

Attend this webinar to understand how to Create an Effective Employee Drug Intervention Program to Curb Workplace Opioid Abuse. How to effectively train employees about the dangers of opioid abuse. Learn how to effectively implement the drug testing program.

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

In this Program you will learn:

  • The background and dangers of opioid abuse in the workplace.
  • Effectively train Employees about the dangers of opioid abuse.
  • Identify ways to curb opioid abuse in the workplace.
  • Craft an effective Workplace Drug Testing Program.
  • Discuss Best Practices in Implementing a Drug Testing Program
  • Answer Common Questions and Answers about Drug Testing in the Workplace.
  • Address any site-specific questions or concerns.

Who Will Benefit:

  • Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Professionals
  • Loss Control Professionals
  • Insurance Professionals
  • Risk Managers
  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Plant Managers
  • General Managers
  • Safety Committee Members
  • Legal Department
Instructor Profile:
Joe Keenan

Joe Keenan
Senior Safety Coordinator, C Spire

Joe Keenan is a highly experienced Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and human resources professional and management consultant with over 21 years of experience. He received his Six Sigma/Lean Manufacturing Green Belt in 2005, MBA with a human resource management concentration in 2007 and Certified Safety Professional (CSP) in 2011. He currently serves as President of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). Mr. Keenan has served on the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program Participants Association (VPPPA) Region IV Board of Directors as a Director at Large from 2013-2015. Since 2002, he is an OSHA General Industry and Construction 10/30-Hour Authorized Outreach Trainer.

Topic Background:

Effects of Substance Abuse in workplace

  • Substance abuse by employees results in:-
    • Higher health care expenses for injuries and illnesses;
    • Higher rates of absenteeism
    • Reductions in job productivity and performance;
    • More workers’ compensation and disability claims; and
    • Safety and other risks for employers.
  • Employees with substance abuse issues often:-
    • Fail to fulfill major role obligations at work, school or home.
    • Use substances in situations where it is physically hazardous (e.g. driving an automobile or operating a machine when impaired by substance use).
    • Have recurrent substance-related legal or financial problems.
  • Continue to use substances despite persistent social or interpersonal problems that are a result of the substance use.
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