If you’re not sure your company has a comprehensive plan to address employee opioid addiction, you’re not alone. The good news is that the National Safety Council has released materials to help employers.
The National Safety Council has declared prescription drug overdoses in the U.S. to be a “national epidemic.” That’s a pretty strong statement, but the NSC backs it up with facts and makes recommendations on how to reverse the trend.
Various safety and medical groups have been warning about the growing prescription drug epidemic in the U.S. for years. A new report shows why there’s no reason to think that any particular group of workers, even those subject to regular drug testing, are immune from this trend.
Medical personnel need the proper licensing to write pain medication prescriptions for injured workers, or else they could face felony charges.
Has the number of jobless men exploded because they take opioids for pain relief? What if they used pot instead?
To combat the opioid addiction crisis in the U.S., investigators and prosecutors are ferreting out doctors who over prescribe the pain meds. Example: Two Alabama doctors are now going to prison for a very long time.
Scenario: One of your employees is taking a legally prescribed medication and works with machinery that has the potential to maim or kill. The label on the medication warns against driving or operating machinery while taking the drug. What do you do?
Recent statistics show a program to reduce injured workers’ dependency on opioids is working. In 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, which administers comp for federal workers, implemented a four-point strategy to reduce opioid use that often leads to misuse and addiction. The OWCP: instituted more effective controls at the […]
More than 37,000 people were killed in traffic crashes in the U.S. in 2016. A safety group has ranked states by the number of laws they’ve passed to reduce that number.
A new federal government report shows about one-in-25 people age 12 or older in the U.S. used prescription pain relievers without a doctor’s direction in the past year.
Forget marijuana. The real, biggest drug threat in the U.S. comes from legal drugs, according to a new national report.
If a potential employee uses prescription drugs that could impact their own or another employee’s safety, it may seem like denying employment would be in everyone’s best interests. However, it’s not always that simple. For example, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio recently found it couldn’t simply dismiss a lawsuit filed […]
An employee takes opioids for chronic back pain following a workplace injury. His doctor prescribed another drug to counteract drowsiness from taking opioids. Does workers’ comp have to pay for the second medication?
A new study says 41 of the 50 cities with the highest prevalence of opioid use are in four states in one U.S. region.
More than half of states didn’t get a passing grade for safety in the National Safety Council’s (NSC) latest ratings. Is your state one of the best, or one of the worst?
Are your hands tied when an employee is taking prescription painkillers? Not at all. In fact, the National Safety Council (NSC) has just published a new guide on what proactive steps employers can take to make sure workplace safety isn’t compromised.
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