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We recently posted a blog about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of over-the-counter Narcan nasal spray to reverse the effects of opioid overdose and save lives. We also published tips to streamline workplace drug testing to detect prescription and illicit drugs that can impair performance and increase accident and injury exposure risk.
At WorkCare, we support employers in the addition of naloxone (Narcan) to onsite first aid kits for use by trained personnel and the delivery of cost-effective drug testing programs. We also do our part to help prevent opioid use disorder by providing care guidance at the onset of work-related injuries – before physical discomfort becomes a workers’ compensation claim involving medical treatment and prescription pain medication.
In addition, our occupational physicians engage with local treating providers to facilitate safe return to work during recovery after an injury, while our occupational health nurses provide injury case management assistance and coordinate referrals to employee assistance programs that provide individual and family counseling services.
Labor Force Impacts
There is a growing body of evidence that employers should pay close attention to the impacts of opioid use in the workforce and solutions aimed at opioid abuse prevention and management. These impacts include fewer people who are qualified to work safely.
In a recent blog post, Brookings cites statistics that indicate the national opioid epidemic measurably reduces U.S. labor force participation.
“Opioid misuse can compromise labor supply in a variety of ways, including absenteeism, increased workplace accidents, and withdrawal from the labor force due to disability, incarceration or death,” the Brookings authors say. (The blog post was written by a team at the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy, a partnership between Economic Studies at Brookings and the University of Southern California Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics.)
Evidence cited in by Brookings researchers includes:
We’re Here to Help
WorkCare offers 24/7 telehealth triage coverage, onsite clinical services, a nationwide drug testing network, and injury prevention and wellness programs to help employers sustain safe and healthy workplaces. Contact us to learn more.
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