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

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Prerecorded Event
Joe Keenan, MBA, CSP
60 minutes
Product Description

Create an Effective Employee Drug Intervention Program to Curb Workplace Opioid Abuse


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.

Join this session with expert speaker Joe Keenan who will cover all of the elements of having an effective employee drug intervention program and a drug testing program in the workplace. He will cover in detail the background of the growing problem of prescription opioid abuse in the workplace. Joe will discuss how to combat this growing problem and will provide best practices for creating and implementing a reliable drug testing program.

Session Highlights

In this session, you will learn:

  • The background and dangers of opioid abuse in the workplace
  • How to train employees about the dangers of opioid abuse
  • To identify ways to curb opioid abuse in the workplace
  • To create an effective workplace drug testing program
  • The best practices for implementing a reliable drug testing program
  • Answers to common questions about drug testing in the workplace
  • Answers to any site-specific questions or concerns

Who Should Attend

  • Safety professionals
  • 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 personnel
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About Our Speaker

Joe Keenan

Joe Keenan, MBA, CSP, is an experienced Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and Human Resources (HR) professional and management consultant with over 22 years of experience. He received his Green Belt in Six Sigma/Lean Manufacturing in 2005, Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with a Human Resource Management Concentration in 2007 and became a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) in 2011. He currently serves as President of the Mississippi Chapter...   More Info
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