A special edition of New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy (https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/newa/31/3) includes a focus on opioids and the workplace, along with risk factors and solutions. The edition features research that addresses the convergence of COVID-19 and the opioid crisis, high-risk occupations, and health inequalities in the workplace.
The authors highlight strategies such as employer and union programs, peer advocacy, and worker training. Other interventions include protecting first responders and site clean-up workers, improving working conditions for substance use treatment workers, and ensuring health parity for addiction treatment and recovery services.
During this webinar, some of the authors will share potential strategies to reduce the negative impact of workplace factors on the opioid crisis and reform punitive policies into supportive ones. These strategies include policy changes at the workplace, community, state, and federal levels to begin or expand interventions, as well as training, research, and funding opportunities.
• Jonathan Rosen, National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health Training
• Paul Landsbergis, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
• Aurora Le, University of Michigan
• Rachel Cooper, National Stigma Initiative - Shatterproof
• Jodi Sugarman-Brozan, Massachusetts Coalition for Safety & Health
• Jerry Marcil, Connecticut Counseling & Wellness, Consultant to Operating Engineers International Union Local 478
This webinar is sponsored by NIEHS, NIOSH, and AIHA with support from the NIH Office of Disease Prevention.
NOTE: English/Spanish interpretation will be available during this webinar. Live closed captioning will be provided in English.