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The Rise of Opioid Based Prescription Drug Abuse – Don’t Hire a Problem!

The Rise of Opioid Based Prescription Drug Abuse – Don’t Hire a Problem!
September 27, 2012 at 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET
James E. Weiler, Vice President National Accounts(Psychemedics Corporation)
Due to technical issues, there is no recording of this session at this time.

Prescription drug abuse is the nation’s fastest growing drug problem and is now classified as an epidemic. Opioids are a class of prescription drugs that are intended to alleviate pain, but are considered Schedule II drugs under the Controlled Substance Act because they have a strong potential for abuse or addiction. This class includes Morphine, Codeine & Heroin, along with synthetic opiates like Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone (Dilaudid), Oxycodone (Oxycontin) and Demerol.

Consider these statistics:
• Post-accident drug tests found opiates up to four times more often than pre-employment tests, suggesting that these drugs may be playing a role in workplace accidents.
• Between 1998 and 2008 the use of prescription medication rose 61%. The use of Schedule II Opioids increased by a staggering 380%!
• Results from 5.5 million drug tests reveal an 18% jump in opiate positives in the general U.S. workforce in a single year (2008 -2009), and a more than 40% climb from 2005-2009.

Opioid use in the workplace can cause physical and mental impairment, lost work days, and increased accidents and workers’ comp costs. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, drug use in the workplace costs employers approximately $81 billion annually in lost productivity.

How can you avoid hiring drug abusers?

During this session you will learn about:
• The signs of Opioid use (physical signs, paraphernalia to watch for)
• The steps involved in developing and maintaining a drug free workplace (develop policy, train supervisors)
• The tools available to help keep drug users from entering the workplace undetected (drug tests that include expanded opiate panels)
Who Should Participate
HR Managers
What You Will Learn
During this session you will learn about the signs of Opioid use, the steps involved in developing and maintaining a drug free workplace, and the tools available to help keep drug users from entering the workplace undetected.
Recommended Resources
Prescription Drug Overdoses — a U.S. Epidemic Click here
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