Opioid epidemic: maintaining a drug-free and ADA-compliant workforce

The opioid epidemic is affecting workplaces across the country. Because opioids can be lawfully prescribed (but are increasingly abused), employers must tread carefully when taking adverse action against opioid users to avoid running afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). "Recovery-friendly" workplaces may provide an alternative solution to help combat the crisis, but that approach should be considered with caution. (To determine how to assess the risks of opioid abuse in your workplace, see "Opioids in your workplace? Tips for prevention and response" on pg. 7 of our March newsletter.)

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