Opioids – What You Need To Know



CRSC – Opioids in the Workplace – Roundtable Discussion and Presentation

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total “economic burden” of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement

In 2015, more than 33,000 Americans died as a result of an opioid overdose, including prescription opioids, heroin, and illicitly manufactured fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid.1 That same year, an estimated 2 million people in the United States suffered from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers, and 591,000 suffered from a heroin use disorder (not mutually exclusive).5

Opioid overdoses increased 30 percent from July 2016 through September 2017 in 52 areas in 45 states.

In 2017 fentanyl surpassed heroin as the major cause of Maryland’s drug intoxication deaths.

Our Roundtable program will address the severity of the problem, specifically to the Mid-Atlantic area. We will then review areas that employers should address and provide resources for implementation. National Safety Council information and that of other recognized sources will be provided.

Topics Include:

  •  Drug Free Workplace Programs
  •  Benefit Program Issues
  • Workers Compensation Issues
  • Safety Talks
  • Employee Information
  • Available Resources

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For information on having this training at your private facility, contact: Safety@chesapeakesc.org