NIOSH launches new framework to tackle opioid crisis in the workplace

CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has unveiled a plan to curb opioid analgesic use and misuse in the workplace. NIOSH's framework examines different workplace conditions that can be risk factors for the misuse of medically prescribed opioids.

CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has unveiled a plan to curb opioid analgesic use and misuse in the workplace. NIOSH's framework examines different workplace conditions that can be risk factors for the misuse of medically prescribed opioids. The framework offers links to resources for workers, employers, and individuals, including information on research, data collection, field investigations, and ways to help. NIOSH is also working with partners from private and public sector organizations to use workers' compensation data to identify opioid use linked to work-related injuries. Meanwhile, the NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluation program is working with partners, including police departments and health care groups, to better understand what resources workers need to work safely and how workers may be at-risk. The program seeks to help employees, union officials, and employers learn how to detect and reduce health hazards and curb work-related illness. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says overdose deaths at work from non-medical use of drugs or alcohol increased by at least 38% each year between 2013 and 2016.