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Addiction in the Workplace

The Addiction Crisis confronting the United States deeply effects its workforce.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health more than 21.5 million Americans aged 12 years of age and older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem, but only 11 percent of those needing help get help. Most of those needing help are employed.

We are committed to helping employers find the tools they need to embrace a culture that supports treatment and recovery.

At Caron, we can help you build a treatment program that meets your needs.

Cultivate a Culture that Supports Recovery

  • Understand that addiction is a chronic, treatable and manageable disease
  • Educate and train your workforce about addiction and prevention
  • Actively support and promote your EAP
  • Support wellness
  • Update your Drug-Free Workplace Program
  • Create a Prescription Drug-Use Policy
  • Re-evaluate health insurance to Include:
    • Mental health parity
    • Substance abuse treatment (in-patient, out-patient and medication assisted treatment)
    • Alternative treatments for pain
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Workplace Resources

Does your EAP Measure Up?
The International Employee Assistance Professionals Association offers a Buying Guide for EAP plans that can help you choose an EAP program and determine if your EAP meets your needs as an organization.

The Real Cost of Substance Use to Employers

The National Safety Council and national nonprofit Shatterproof have collaborated with an independent research institution, NORC at the University of Chicago to design "The Real Cost of Substance Use to Employers" tool, an authoritative, easy-to-use tool providing business leaders with specific information about the cost of substance use (including prescription drug abuse and misuse, alcohol abuse and misuse, opioid and heroin addiction as well as abuse of other illicit drugs and marijuana) in their workplace based on size of employee base, industry and state.

National Safety Council

The National Safety Council offers a free Employer Kit.
The Free Employer Kit contains:

  • A guide "The Proactive Role Employers Can Take: Opioids in the Workplace"
  • Tools to examine and update your drug free workplace and employee benefit programs
  • Fact sheets and handouts with helpful information to educate your employees
  • 5-minute safety talks
  • Poster series focused on home safety and disposal
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Drug-Free Workplace

Division of Workplace Programs
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Drug-Free Workplace Helpline 800-967-5752
The Division of Workplace Programs (DWP) provides oversight for the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Program. It certifies and provides a list of laboratories which conduct forensic drug testing for federal agencies and for federally regulated industries.

Department of Labor E-Laws Drug Free Workplace Advisor
This website provides information about the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and a walk-through tool “Drug-free Workplace Policy Builder which can help you build a drug free workplace policy, supervisor training, and employee education. It also includes detailed information on how to develop drug testing and employee assistance components for your drug free workplace program.

Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association
The SAPAA website provides a number of helpful resources for workplaces including white papers, the
Working Partners for an Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace and State Laws at a Glance.

The Online Ultimate Guide to State Drug Testing Laws
This guide is a comprehensive, up-to-date state law database owned and presented by With an annual subscription, you have easy-to-use on-line and password-protected access to 50+ individual state law charts, pending drug testing legislation, and more. Information is updated routinely throughout the year.

Preventing Prescription Abuse in the Workplace (PAW) Technical Assistance Center
This SAMHSA technical assistance center helps civilian and military workplace communities reduce prescription drug abuse problems. PAW technical assistance resources include fact sheets, issue briefs, web products, assessment tools, presentations and literature reviews.

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Medicine Disposal Resources

American Medicine Chest Challenge (AMCC)
Searchable national directory of permanent prescription drug collection boxes operated by local,
county, and state law enforcement agencies.

Product Stewardship Institute
Product Stewardship Institute provides a go-to-guide to develop a drug take back program including the status of state prescription drug collection programs and links to state directory for those states that have permanent and regularly recurring take-back events.

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Poison Prevention

Poison Control Centers and Helpline
HELPLINE: 1-800-222-1222
Poison centers offer free, confidential medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222. This service provides a primary resource for poisoning information and helps reduce costly emergency department visits through in-home treatment.

Up and Away Campaign
The public awareness campaign offers free resources to educate parents and caregivers on how to prevent medication poisoning of children.

PROTECT Rx Initiative
The PROTECT Initiative is an innovative collaboration bringing together public health agencies, private sector companies, professional organizations, consumer/patient advocates, and academic experts to develop strategies to keep children safe from unintentional medication overdoses.

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Prescription Drug Abuse and Youth

Medicine Abuse Project
This guide offers families free resources to prevent teen medicine abuse.

The Partnership at
A drug abuse prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery resource, to help parents and caregivers address alcohol and drug abuse with their teens.

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