Course Description

Addiction / Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) are a major public health concern in the United States. Nearly 20 million Americans 12 years of age or older have an active disorder.

More than 12 million Americans reported non-medical use of prescription opioids. Opioid misuse carries an elevated risk of addiction, overdose and death. Drug overdoses represented the leading cause of accidental death in the United States in 2018, with approximately 47,000 deaths attributed to opioids (includes prescription pain medication, heroin, fentanyl), representing more than 70% of all overdose deaths. 

This opioid public health crisis is affecting every State in the U.S., straining workforce readiness, and impacting economic factors and health and wellness.

A healthy workforce is a productive workforce — able to grow and meet market opportunities with their employers.

During this course you will learn of the multi-faceted solutions model that states and communities are applying to reduce the effects of the health crisis. As well as, define the role of the employer in this health crisis and the steps employers can take to reduce the effects.


What You Will Learn

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Understand: The opioid public health crisis: what is occurring, how we arrived here, the contributors and risk factors.

  • Describe: The impact the health crisis and substance use disorder has on the employee and their family health and wellness and the impact organization the health crisis and substance use disorder has on the organization short and long-term performance, results, recruitment, and retention.

  • Learn: How to increase communications and training for managers and employees to raise awareness of the health crisis and substance use disorder.

  • Identify: The steps management and the organization can take to support staff and address the opioid health crisis and substance use disorder.

Additional Course Notes

  • There are no prerequisites for this course. We recommend you consider “The Brain and the Disease of Addiction (BDA)" online course ($30.00). In this course you will learn about the disease of addiction by looking at how the brain is affected from substances such as drugs and alcohol and how the disease of addiction develops.

  • The course may be accessed from a computer, tablet or mobile device. Internet access is required as are speakers for audio.

    The following web browsers are supported: Desktop - Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and Edge. Note the course platform does not support Internet Explorer. Mobile - iOS Safari: 11 and up, Chrome, Samsung Internet.

  • The course will remain available in your account for six months - allowing you to complete the course at your own pace and return to the course later for review of key concepts.