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Opioids & Substance Use: Workplace Prevention & Response

Workers in high-risk occupations or who work in hazardous environments face significant risk of injury, which may lead to opioid or other substance use, overdose, or death. Workers involved in emergency response, law enforcement, health care, and environmental services also face the risk of occupational exposure to opioids. These at-risk workers and other populations often lack the necessary resources and education to protect themselves. The NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP) has developed an awareness-level training tool on the prevention of occupational exposure to fentanyl and other opioids, and a second curriculum designed to address the impact of the opioid crisis on workers, the workplace, and the community. Available resources are found below, along with additional health and safety resources related to opioid exposure, use, and prevention.


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