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prescription drugs
DRUG USE AMONG WORKERS

Prescription painkillers and the workforce

Experts say policies and education can help combat opioid abuse

The number of Americans dying from prescription painkiller overdoses has quadrupled since 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Injured workers are often prescribed narcotics to help relieve their pain. The National Safety Council has launched an initiative aimed at preventing overdoses.


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medical marijuana
'HOT BUTTON ISSUE'

Medical marijuana and workplace safety

Amid a flurry of new laws, more questions than answers exist
Laws and attitudes are changing rapidly regarding medical marijuana, which has been legalized by nearly half of the states in the country. But each state’s law varies, leaving more questions than answers when it comes to employers with safety-sensitive positions.
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Opioids
AVOIDING DEPENDENCE

Workers and opioids

What employers and employees need to know about treatment choices
Opioid painkillers increasingly are being prescribed to treat chronic pain, and their use among injured workers may be dangerous if the drug is unwarranted or misused. What should employers and workers know to help encourage safe use of opioids?
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