• Addressing Opioid Overdose Deaths in the Workplace

      National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (2021-03-09)
      On average, 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, according to 2017 data from Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Since then, the United States has experienced a surge of overdose deaths during the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a CDC health advisory (https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2020/ha...) issued in December of 2020. Some states have reported an increase in opioid deaths as high as 98%. Overdoses are becoming increasingly common in the workplace. Naloxone can reverse many of the potentially fatal side effects of an opioid overdose. Having naloxone on hand can provide a tool that a workplace can use while waiting on first responders to arrive on the scene. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) developed this video based on our fact sheet (https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2019-1...) to help employers decide if having naloxone available is right for their workplace. It provides a series of steps for employers to consider when deciding whether their workplaces should make the overdose reversal medication available on-site in the event of an overdose. It also gives employers and workers information on how to implement and maintain a workplace naloxone program. Overdose deaths from opioids is a serious health issue in the United States. Naloxone is an effective drug for reversing opioid overdoses. Consider establishing a naloxone program in your workplace.