SAMHSA Fact Sheets on Preventing Prescription Abuse in the Workplace

August 16, 2018

RTI International led development of this series of fact sheets with funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. These fact sheets are published here with permission from SAMHSA.

Prescription Misuse Information for Employers—Why employers should care about prescription misuse and what they can do

What Employers Can Ask about Prescription Drugs—What employers can ask before and during employment related to prescription drugs

Opioid and Narcotic Painkillers: Benefits and Dangers—What medicines contain opioids and about common reactions, safe handling, long-term problems, and how you can prevent problems

Five Reasons Not to Share Medications—How sharing medications can impact your employment status including laws and liability concerns

Medication Assisted Therapy—What medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder is, the benefits of MAT, and why MAT is underused despite evidence that it works

Returning to Work After Substance Misuse—What employers should do if they learn an employee may be misusing prescription drugs including termination policy and other special considerations and the effectiveness of employer-mandated treatment

Marijuana Use and the Workplace—National marijuana use trends by people who work full-time

Structuring a Health Plan—How employers can provide a health benefits package including medical insurance, pharmacy benefits, employee assistance programming and workers’ compensation that is sensitive to prescription drug misuse issues

More information about our work preventing opioid abuse in the workplace can be found on this blog. Additional general information about our work in healthy workplaces can be found in this brochure. And, more about our opioid-related research and expertise is available here.