Addiction to opioids, including prescription pain relievers and heroin, is a full-blown American health crisis, claiming more lives than car crashes or homicides. The National Safety Council recently found that 70 percent of employers report problems with opioid use by employees.
The toll in lost productivity, personal injury and health care cost is staggering. In this eye-opening training led by an addictions treatment consultant and an experienced employment attorney, you will separate myth from fact and receive the latest guidance about how your organization should address this highly underestimated risk factor.
Exploding the Myths
- Not just junkies: Abusers include doctors, lawyers, celebrities, executives and regular working folks
- 21% to 29% of patients misuse their prescribed opioid medication
- 8% to 12% develop opioid use disorder
- 4% to 6% transition to heroin
- 80% of heroin addicts started with prescription opioids
- Harsh Realities
- Scope of a Growing Problem…How and When the Crisis Began
- What is Addiction...Who Are the Abusers
- The Signs of Opioid Abuse Disorder
- Treatment Options… What Works, How It’s More Than “Going to Rehab.”
- Health Plans and Addiction Recovery… Medically Assisted Treatment
- Conducting a Needs Assessment
- Employer’s Perspective Direct and Indirect Costs of Opioid Abuse by Workers
- Treat or Terminate?
- Employer’s Legal Obligations and Liability
- Worker’s Rights Under ADA and FMLA
- Drug-Free Policies and Legal Prescriptions
- Drug Testing and Prescription Painkillers
- Education and Employee Assistance Programs
- Employer’s Toolkit Guide: “The Proactive Role Employers Can Take”
- Checklist to Update Your Drug-Free Policy and EAP
- Fact Sheets and Handouts for Employee Education
- Poster Series on Drug Safety and Disposal at Home
- 39% of Employers Report Absenteeism from Drug Abuse
- 29% Report Decreased Job Performance
- 29% Report Employees Dealing With Family Member’s Addiction
- 71% Believe Prescription Drug Addiction Should Be Treated as Disease
- 19% Feel Prepared to Deal With Issue
Your Avant Expert Instructors
Don Drake, addiction consultant with from DC Integrative Strategies, has over 40 years of experience in human resources, law enforcement and security services in correctional, residential, hospital/medical and out-patient settings He currently works as a consultant with a certified elder law attorney’s office in staff training, setting up policies and procedures, public relations and advertising substance abuse issues. Mr. Drake provides seminars for offices, nursing homes and senior centers on opioid abuse and addiction among seniors and professionals. His past assignments have included programs in Boston, Hartford, Providence and Philadelphia to structure, hire and train staff in providing behavioral and addictions treatments to adolescent and adult clients.
Melissa Fleischer has successfully represented numerous clients in employment discrimination litigation as well as providing preventive counseling and training on workplace issues. She is a frequent lecturer on sexual harassment training, diversity training, FMLA/ADA training and workplace violence prevention training. She is also a Chapter Editor for the FMLA Treatise that is published by BNA. Ms. Fleischer earned a Juris Doctor degree from The National Law Center at the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from New York University.