OPIOID CRISIS IN THE WORKPLACE: THE PROACTIVE ROLE EMPLOYERS CAN TAKE
Did you know American employers lose $80 Billion annually in productivity, absenteeism, accidents, and healthcare costs due to drug abuse and addiction?
In this seminar, experts from various organizations will address the current opioid epidemic and what employers can do to protect their businesses and assist troubled employees. This event will be moderated by Randi M. Ostry, Esq., Director of Statewide Substance Use Education and Business Initiatives at Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's Office. Topics to be covered include:
1. What are opioids, why they are being abused and how someone becomes addicted.
2. What is the status of the Opioid Epidemic both locally and nationally and its impact on our workforce.
3. How to identify people who may be at risk for addiction by understanding warning signs.
4. Increasing communication and training for managers and employees to raise awareness of the issue.
5. Conditions protected under the ADA, legal implications associated with employees who may be under the influence of opioids, avoiding lawsuits and other legal concerns.
6. Employee assistance programs, drug testing programs, training sessions for supervisors/employees, second chance programs and other resources for help and treatment.
7. How to decrease accidents, workers' compensation claims and receive insurance discounts.
Ohio SBDC at Lakeland Community College
Speakers and Panelists:
¨ Dr. Randy Jernejcic, Chief Medical Officer at Ahuja Medical Center and leads the UH Steering Committee on Opioid Safety
¨ Karen Pierce, Managing Director of Policy Development & Training at Working Partners®
¨ Kim Fraser, Executive Director of Lake County ADAMHS Board
¨ Richard N. Selby II, Partner and Attorney at Law managing the Commercial Litigation Department at Dworken and Bernstein, Co., L.P.A.
¨ Kimm Leininger, Executive Director of Geauga United Way
¨ John Wilton, Regional Business Consultant at Ohio BWC