Not sure what to look for? This section provides strategies to identify potential substance use problems at your organization.
Counter inaccurate stereotypes or myths about substance use disorders by replacing them with factual information. Build this content into workplace discussions and messages about overall wellness. If you decide to host voluntary educational training sessions or provide substance use materials, allow for confidential participation or access. Any educational trainings or materials should also be available and promoted to all staff to ensure that no individuals or groups appear to be singled out.
2 Revise Policies
Offer health benefits that provide comprehensive coverage for substance use disorders as the default option for all staff, not as a service that employees must opt into or select separately.
3 Increase Prevention Efforts
Consider participating in a prescription drug take-back event—with the cooperation of local law enforcement and community groups—alongside similar events (for example, battery/electronics recycling, document shredding, and food pantry donations). Publicize these events to increase visibility and participation.
4 Connect to Resources
Feature substance use resources alongside other staff resources. Identify and create relationships with a range of community service providers who treat various aspects of substance use disorders, including prevention, treatment, and recovery.
5 Promote Support Groups
Provide a way for staff at all levels to connect and share stories about their own or their family members’ struggles or bring in outside speakers to share their stories with staff.
The 4-item CAGE-AID
The 4-item CAGE-AID [Download CAGE-AID]
Scoring: Regard one or more positive answers as a positive screen.
*When thinking about drug use, include illegal drug use and prescription drugs used other than prescribed.
Rx Misuse Fact Sheet
Screening for Rx Misuse Fact Sheet