The U.S. is in the midst of a serious opioid addiction epidemic. The growing storm has hit hard on manufacturing and labor union workers. According to the CDC, one of the main concerns of drug abuse is workers using prescription opioids for medical reasons. The CDC warns that workers can quickly become addicted even with prescribed medications starting in low doses. For this reason, it is vital that companies have a strategy to combat this problem head-on. A wellness program that includes telephone triage nurses can help combat this epidemic because overall, people are comfortable calling a nurse and opening up about general medical and mental issues even when no prescription is required. This interaction gives nurses the opportunity to provide essential guidance and capture a potential addiction issue.
Establish Effective Wellness Programs
For organizations, it is important for executives to establish effective workplace programs that can give guidance and detect early signs of addiction.
Traditionally, employers have strived to manage substance abuse by different methods including training to recognize substance abuse, policies, drug testing, and medical coverage for rehabilitation. While these methods are important, they can’t replace the knowledge and comfort of speaking to a live educated healthcare provider who can detect health problems and quickly connect to the employee and get them the help they need. This can mean the difference between a happy and healthy worker versus one who decides to harm themselves.
For example, the Continuwell nurses are trained in telephone triage to evaluate callers based on symptoms. These nurses are able to evaluate callers regardless of their medical history and provide guidance to the best level of care needed to address the health concern. In order to recommend the proper care, the nurses use the industry standard Schmitt-Thompson protocols.
Supporting your Employees
Here are some tips your company can incorporate to assist employees and help decrease addiction:
- Make it easy to access resources for addiction – consolidate all the company’s resources in one place by employing the Continuwell® mobile application.
- Provide a 24/7 Live Nurse Ambassador help line for your workers.
- Provide mental health assistance – some employees may already be suffering from an addiction or someone in their family may be having an addiction. Continuwell has partnered with some wonderful mental health companies that are standing by to receive your employee’s calls.
Contact us today to find out how your company can implement a wellness program that includes Telephone Triage Nurses who can help combat addictions among your valuable employees.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for every death associated with prescription painkillers, there are 10 substance abuse treatment admissions, 32 ED visits for misuse or abuse, 130 people who abuse or are addicted, and 825 nonmedical users. These numbers are too high for you to simply gloss over and push to the side. Your employees and their families need you – they need you to address this opioid storm head-on and give them the help they need.
Contact us today so that we can help you put an effective strategy in place that puts to the forefront your most valuable asset – employees. Discover how telephone triage nurses can assist labor union organizations to help their members combat the growing opioid addiction epidemic.