In 2018, the U.S. Surgeon General called for increased awareness and availability of naloxone, the opioid antagonist, to reverse the effects of opioid overdose. Despite the rise in the dispensing of naloxone, there is a significant gap in our response across all sectors of society. In the rural parts of our country, where emergency response times can be dangerously long, developing a workplace naloxone availability and use program could ultimately save lives. This webinar will share information from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to help employers and workers understand the risk of opioid overdose and the role of naloxone.
By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:
- Discuss what medications are prescription and illicit opioids and what is OUD (Opioid Use Disorder)
- Describe the dangers of opioids in the workplace and OUD for safety-sensitive occupations
- Discuss the role of naloxone in opioid overdose
- Discuss the implementation of workplace naloxone use programs
- Understand the administration of the dosage forms available for naloxone used in an emergency
This project was supported by the FY17 USDA NIFA Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2017-46100-27225 and the FY18 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Rural Opioids Technical Assistance Grants (ROTA) # TI-18-022