Webinar Recording: The Opioid Epidemic and Employer Solutions

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Over 60% of the 10 million Americans with opioid use disorder are employed. Many are valued employees whose illnesses lead to lost productivity, involuntary leave, excessive healthcare costs, work accidents, job loss, and sometimes even death — yet most employers feel completely unprepared to address this problem in their workforce. Fortunately, employees have a good prognosis. When employers have the right policies and procedures in place to provide education, recognize problems early on, and provide access to evidence-based substance abuse treatment and follow up, well-designed leave strategies can enhance the value of return-to-work (RTW) programs to support long-term recovery.

This webinar explored how coordinated education, health benefits, treatment, and RTW strategies can positively impact today’s addicted workforce. Practical considerations about privacy, disclosure, the FMLA, and the ADAAA were also discussed.


  • Dr. Glenn Pransky, M.D., Scientific Advisor, Lincoln Financial Group
  • Kim Rudeen, AVP, Absence & Statutory Group Product Solutions, Lincoln Financial Group


This webinar qualifies for the following CEUs: 1 CLMS, 1 CPDM, 1 PHR, and 1 SHRM. If you are interested in receiving continuing education credit for the recorded webinar, you will need to watch the full webinar, and then download your certificate of attendance from the “Webinar Recording and Continuing Education” tab.

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