The increase of the number of deaths on the job due to drug overdoses has hit an all time high. It has increased 536% since 2011.
To help address this situation the National Safety Council (NSC) recently launching a new workplace safety program, Respond Ready Workplace, designed to increase awareness of the need for naloxone in workplaces and ensure people are trained to use it.
“The opioid crisis has reached every corner of society, affecting workers in all industries and occupations. By equipping workplaces with naloxone and the knowledge to use it, we can make a tangible difference in saving lives, from the workplace to anyplace,". said Lorraine Martin NSC CEO, in a statement.
Key highlights of the Respond Ready Workplace initiative include:
1. Advocacy and Education: Most employers do not understand the tragic data on the increasing fatalities in the workplace. NSC will provide educational materials to raise awareness about the opioid crisis and the importance of naloxone in mitigating its impact.
2. Employee Training: NSC will provide comprehensive training resources to educate employees on the proper administration of naloxone, empowering all workers to respond swiftly and effectively in emergency situations.
3. Naloxone Distribution: The program will guide employers on how to obtain and incorporate medications like naloxone into their workplace first aid kits or other accessible locations.
In addition to advocating for policies that promote naloxone availability in workplaces, NSC supports the WORK To Save Lives Act and participated in last week’s Bipartisan Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Task Force's Second Annual Naloxone Awareness Day and Training.
“Naloxone should be an essential part of all emergency medical kits because it saves lives — plain and simple,” Congressman David Trone, co-founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Task Force said in a statement. “I’ve always been a strong advocate for ensuring naloxone is easy to obtain because I know that overdoses can happen anywhere and at any time. With opioid overdoses on the rise, workplaces need to be prepared to handle a possible overdose quickly and effectively. It’s just common sense.”>