CDC tackles the opioid crisis in the workplace

September 03, 2018 11:29 PM

The Centers for Disease Control, along with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, released a new guide for employers to fight the opioid epidemic.

The move was sparked by workplace overdoses on the rise.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, overdose deaths at work increased 38 percent every year from 2013 to 2016.

The issue sparked the Department of Transportation to add four opioids to the mandatory drug tests in 2017.  

The latest data from the BLS shows overdoses from drugs or alcohol while on the job increased from 165 in 2015 to 217 in 2016.

"That drug right now is so powerful it's calling you and you need to have it," said David Attridge, head of Recovery Now NY, an organization helping addicts.

The CDC and NIOSH are collaborating to identify things like workplace risk factors and effective methods to detect the drug for employers. 

For more information about the effort click here.


Beth Cefalu

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