Opioids in Construction
Opioid Awareness Training
Connect with our team to learn more about implementing this training at your workplace.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) –
Time 2 Act MO –
Prevent+Ed (previously NCADA) –
Learn to COPE –
Iowa Region of NA–
Your Life Iowa –
Call: (855) 581-8111; Text: (855) 895-8398
In The Rooms –
Iowa Department of Public Health – Programs and Services
Communication Tips For the Worksite:
Directness: Give direct feedback about substance use and problems that you observe.
“I don’t know if you’re struggling with [alcohol, pills, etc.], but you seem pretty out of it.”
Understanding: Be warm, respectful and understanding.
“I know you have a lot going on, but I don’t want things to get worse.”
Ownership: Acknowledge that responsibility for change is theirs and be encouraging.
“It’s up to you, but I know you can kick this thing.”
Offer some options:
“There’s an AA meeting at the union hall.”
Tips for the Doctors Office:
- Ask if prescribed medication is an opioid
- Talk about substances you or your family members may struggle with
- Describe your work and ask if medications could be unsafe at work
- Ask about alternatives to opioids, including physical therapy and skills for pain management