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Workplace Wellness Blog

Opioids: What You Need to Know

Opioids include illicit drugs like heroin and licit prescription pain relievers like oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, methadone, fentanyl, and others. Opioids interact with the nervous system to relieve pain. Many users will experience extremely pleasurable effects from them, and risk of addiction.Update, Facts, and Figures Of the 20.5 million Americans 12 or older who had a [...]

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What You Need to Know About Opioids in DOT Drug and Alcohol Awareness or Reasonable Suspicion Training

About 2 million Americans either are addicted or abuse opioids, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This makes DOT drug and alcohol education about opioids not only required by law for supervisors in regulated positions, but also an important educational section for any reasonable suspicion training program in order to help make an impact [...]

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Discussing Stigma, Myths, and Misconceptions in DOT Reasonable Suspicion Training

DOT reasonable suspicion training should include a short discussion with supervisors about the myths and misconceptions associated with alcoholism and drug addiction, and the impact these beliefs have on being effective in supporting a drug free workplace policy. My advice, so you have a bit of extra credibility, other than the force of your voice and degree, [...]

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​ Health Wellness Newsletter Tips: Understanding the Importance of Distribution, Production, and Frequency of an Employee Wellness and Health Newsletter

Your company needs a health wellness newsletter, and it is best to combine it with productivity tips, and as needed internal news about your company. This is the ideal internal communication vehicle. Consumers of this reading material and information range from your housekeeping staff to the board of directors, family members when it is taken [...]

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Reasonable Suspicion Training: Helping Managers Understand the Lexicon of Confusion Associated with Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Reasonable Suspicion Training should include a discussion with supervisors about all the terms common in the American lexicon of language associated with alcoholism, drug addiction, and addictive disease. These are generally interchangeable terms, but there are subtle differences, and they have an impact on recovery. Chemical Dependency is more commonly used on the West Coast in [...]

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Educate Employees about Heroin and Other Drug Abuse with an In-house Employee Newsletter

Reasonable Suspicion Training is an educational topic that should change and adjust more often than it does right now. That finally happened. You would have to be hiding under a rock not to notice the drug abuse crisis in America associated with opioids like heroin, fentanyl, and Oxycontin. It’s so outrageously bad that the U.S. Department of Transportation is [...]

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Explaining Denial to Supervisor in Reasonable Suspicion Training for DOT Drug and Alcohol Awareness

Dеnіаl іѕ the single biggest bаrrіеr tо rесоvеrу from drug and alcohol addiction. DOT supervisors should receive information about denial, because they will not escape its confusing nature as they seek to observe, implement, and confront employees suspected of using drugs and alcohol on the job. It іѕ аn elusive and dаngеrоuѕ раttеrn оf thought thаt іѕ extremely [...]

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Reasonable Suspicion Training: Instructing Supervisors in Assembling Documentation that Works

A checklist for reasonable suspicion is need to train supervisors in confronting an employee for reasonable suspicion training. Be sure to add this element in your drug and alcohol awareness class in how to document incidents properly that can support a request for a drug test is absolutely crucial because organizational or legal challenges, if they arise, [...]

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Opioid Withdrawal May Cause More Evidence of Drug Use Than Symptoms of Intoxication

Reasonable suspicion training isn't as easy it first appears. There are a lot of shades of gray, and it is important to help supervisors grasp some of nuances of symptoms. In this respect, you should include information about the behavioral patterns of opioid abusers so supervisors don't find themselves confused and in the dark. There is [...]

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Performance-based Intervention with an Employee Affected by Alcoholism and Experiencing Job Performance Problems

After reasonable suspicion training, supervisors refer to a testing facility when an employee is identified via signs and symptoms or some other requisite criteria, but there is more to the story if treatment is recommended or there is no larger system of employee assistance programming, no testing protocols, and no referral mechanism to help salvage [...]

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