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  • Program enforcement when workers are not in the office

    (September 9, 2020)

    (September 2020) Operating a best-practice, comprehensive drug-free workplace (DFWP) program comes with a lot of rules – which is actually a good thing.  Clearly articulating expectations around alcohol and other drug use increases the likelihood you’ll maintain a safe and productive workforce, free from the effects of substance misuse. But there can be a downside […]

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  • Ohio BWC Reimburses Employers in Select Counties for Operating Drug-Free

    (August 13, 2020)

    (August 2020) Recognizing that a best-practice drug-free workplace is the best way to prevent and respond to substance use in the workplace and support individuals in recovery, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has $15 million to help employers hire, manage and retain employees in recovery. Through the Substance Use Recovery and Workplace Safety […]

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  • New Synthetic Opioid Causes Rise in Overdose Deaths

    (July 8, 2020)

    (July 2020) The drug isotonitazene, also known as “iso,” has been making headlines as overdose deaths continue to increase. Isotonitazene, a manmade version of the highly potent and addictive opioid etonitazene, is similar in strength to fentanyl and commonly found in pill form. Isotonitazene began being linked to overdose deaths in August 2019 and is […]

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  • Supporting Employee Wellness During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

    (June 10, 2020)

    (June 2020) The last two and a half months have been a giant roller coaster ride, and not a fun one. Employers have had to reexamine everything about their business – how to comply with ever-changing government guidelines, how to keep their employees safe and healthy and, most critically, how to keep the lights on. […]

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  • Social Media Post: Reasonable Suspicion?

    (May 13, 2020)

    (May 2020) Real Life Incidents: Working Partners® Consortium members receive phone support and consultation about drug-free workplace (DFWP) issues – a benefit we term “troubleshooting.” Here is a brief description of a troubleshoot and our response/suggestions. Question/Situation Laura, a new Program Administrator, called indicating she had quite a concerning scenario involving two employees, Dawn and Amy. Dawn […]

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