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Opioids: The Impact on the Workplace
A disturbing trend has been emerging in the workplace, and it is driven by the use and abuse of opioid painkillers – now the most widely prescribed pain relievers and most highly abused prescription drug across the U.S. costing our economy $1.5 billion per year. According to to a study conducted at The Indiana University Kelley School of Business, the opioid crisis costs our economy $1.5 billion per year. With this epidemic on the rise, employers can and need to be part of the solution. This webinar — presented by expert and practicing physician, Dr. Joshua Blum — will give an overview of the opioid crisis and what can be done to fight it. Learn what resources employers can provide to help reduce the stigma of drug abuse, identify risk factors for opioid abuse, and provide support for employees.

After this webinar, participants should be able to:

– Describe the prevalence of opioid use and abuse and scope of the problem
– Recognize the myths around opioid use in the workplace
– Identify the warning signs of opioid misuse among employees and understand the referral options
– Appreciate the impact that opioid misuse can have on workers compensation claims and costs.


Participants who attend live are eligible to receive SHRM Credits.


This webinar was supported by the Grant or Cooperative Agreement Number, U19OH011227, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Links, the Center for Health, Work & Environment, or the Colorado School of Public Health.

Jan 23, 2019 12:00 PM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Joshua Blum, MD
Internist and Addiction Medicine Physician @Denver Health
Dr. Blum is an internist and addiction medicine physician at Denver Health, where he manages the HIV Primary Care Clinic. He also provides HIV and transgender care in the Denver City and County jails, and treats addiction disorders in Denver Health’s behavioral health services department. He is an institutional quality officer for pain and opioid management, and currently oversees the expansion of medication-assisted treatment in the DH primary care clinics. He is co-chair of the Provider Education Workgroup at the CO Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention.