Join us on November 15: Substance use and the workplace

We take seriously our role of sharing research and practice-based information that best addresses real and emerging workplace issues. This fall we will tackle the serious and significant issue of substance use and its impact on work. This topic illustrates our commitment to address work and life holistically, and as defined by the Total Worker Health strategy.  We are fortunate to join forces with Portland State University’s Occupational Health Psychology program for our fall symposia, and to be able to utilize the strength and expertise of our presenters. We hope you will join us, either in person in Portland, or by live webinar, at this event on Friday, November 15.

Here’s what we have scheduled:

  • Keynote Speaker: Update on the Nation’s Opioid Overdose Epidemic from CDC/NIOSH
    Casey Chosewood, MD, MPH, Director of the Office for Total Worker Health at the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH). This timely update on the nation’s opioid overdose epidemic will provide the latest surveillance trends and health impacts of the evolving opioid crisis.  L. Casey Chosewood, MD MPH, NIOSH’s Total Worker Health® Director and a member of CDC’s Opioid Response Coordinating Unit, will share emerging evidence of the epidemic’s strong connection to workplace, working conditions and other worker issues, as well as disparities across industries and occupations, and other valuable insights for employers, occupational health psychologists and other OSH professionals. He will share the latest resources, policy approaches and workplace interventions critical to a successful workplace response to the opioid crisis.  Special attention to safety sensitive work, impairments associated with opioid use disorder, and return to work issues after treatment will be given.
  • Cannabis and the Workplace
    Nicole Bowles, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, OHSU. Dr. Bowles graduated with her Ph.D. from Rockefeller University and went on to earn a master’s in clinical epidemiology from Weill Cornell Medical College as a Health Disparities and Community Engagement Research Fellow. Dr. Bowles who joined Dr. Shea’s laboratory in August 2016 is currently funded by a Ford Foundation Fellowship; broadly her research focuses on the interplay between stress, endogenous circadian rhythms, and the endocannabinoid system in humans.
  • Employers, Employees and Users: Addressing drug use and drug use disorders in the workplace
    Dennis McCarty, Ph.D.,  Professor OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. Description: An overview of epidemiology of illicit drug use and drug use disorders among people in the workforce with attention to workers aged 18 to 25 as a group with elevated rates of drug use and a brief assessment of drug and alcohol use by industry category. The presentation continues with a discussion of workplace policies that can inhibit drug use and facilitate access to treatment services and the value of health plans that address alcohol and drug use disorders.
  • Managing Behavioral Problems In the Workplace: The Challenge of Substance Abusers
    Jerry Gjesvold, Manager of Employer Services at Serenity Lane, Oregon. Description: In my many years of assisting employers developing Drug Free Workplace Programs the most frequent mistake made is not adequately training supervisors on how to identify and intervene with employees who come to work questionably “fit to perform safely”. The content will help employers identify “best practices” in reducing these risks and help identify the most important skills needed by the supervisors to promote a safer workplace.
  • Community Initiatives: Supporting Families with Prevention and Recovery Resources
    Pam Pearce, Co-Founder – Family Inspired Recovery and Oregon Recovery High School Initiative/Harmony Academy, Community Organizer – Community Living Above. Description: The whole family feels the effects of a substance use disorder (SUD). The family unit holds information about how SUDs develop, are maintained, and what can positively or negatively influence the treatment and recovery of the disorder.  It’s imperative to recognize the individual in relations to his or her family environment because each family member is uniquely affected by the individual using substances.  SUDs are manageable, and recovery is possible when the individual and family have the support they need to thrive. Prevention is the cure, but until we understand what real prevention is, prevention needs to be knowing where to go for help.
  • Panel, Q & A with all presenters
    Facilitated by Charlotte Fritz, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology, faculty member within the Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) Graduate Training Program, Portland State University

Registration Fees (includes breakfast, lunch, refreshments and parking).

$60 – By November 12, 2019
$30 – Reduced fee (Oregon government agencies – city/county/state; educational institutions; labor unions; companies with fewer than 25 employees; non-profit organizations; students) (must register online not register at door day of).
$20 – Live webinar attendee
Please note: Cancellation policy posted with online registration details.

Parking passes will be provided through your registration, although, as always we encourage you to use public transportation, carpool or other alternative and healthy modes of transportation.

Learn more about speakers and the event on our website, or go directly to online registration.