Opioids and the Workforce

Substance use disorders (SUDs) affect people of all ages, races, genders, and socioeconomic classes. Opiod addiction is a national crisis and overdoses now kill more Americans every year than car accidents. Industries with high injury rates have a unique opportunity to help employees, whether they are at risk of developing an addiction, already have a substance problem, or are in recovery. The solution starts with employer education of all stakeholders at all levels of leadership. 

Almost 20 million Americans battle SUDs. More than 1.7 million people in the United States are currently addicted to opioids, and the economic burden of prescription drug misuse is an estimated $78.5 billion per year. Some industries are hit much harder than others, including construction and manufacturing; mining and extraction, forestry, agriculture, and fishing; food preparation; transportation and waste management, and the health care support services sector. It is imperative that leaders in all industries act now.

AHP can help you answer these critical questions to begin the process of strategy and implementation:

  • How can we make the biggest impact using our limited resources most efficiently?
  • How can we align our approach to the opioid epidemic with other organizational goals?  
  • Are our people ready for this? Does our culture support it?  If not, how do we change our organizational culture?
  • What is the right strategy for us?  
  • How do we reach those who need this information most in a way that maintains our values?  
  • What legal, human resources, and public policy issues do we need to consider? 



AHP can help create and deploy a comprehensive and customized strategy. For more information fill out the contact form.
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