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Together Arkansas

Working together for a drug-free workforce.

Opioid-use disorder is affecting businesses of every kind — from small operations to large corporations — creating daily challenges for employers and touching the lives of employees and their families. More than ever, employers are challenged to find a ready, drugfree workforce, and to help existing employees who are dealing with drug-related issues of their own, or someone they care about. This crisis is too big to go it alone — it will take all of us, including the business community.

That's where our coalition, Together Arkansas, comes in. The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and AFMC to provide employers with a toolkit of resources they can use — free of charge — to help them prepare, prevent, and respond to this crisis.

Together, we can create a healthier, drug-free workforce.

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Tools for Employers

Together Arkansas online course

This five-module course (13-16 min. per module) gives an overview of the legal and operational issues an employer must consider in dealing with an employee's use of opioids and other substances. The modules include best practices around how, when and why to drug test; how to handle a situation if the employee confesses or is discovered to be using harmful substances; and much more. Although each module contains valuable information, you do not have to watch them in order or in their entirety.

Thank you for joining Together Arkansas.

Module 1

Module One

The Impact of Opioids in the Workplace: It's not business as usual

(approx. 16 minutes)

75% of employers have had an issue with opioids in the workplace.

Module 2

Module Two

Legally Sound Drug-Free Workplace Program: What am I allowed (or not allowed) to do?

(approx. 16 minutes)

There are more opioid prescriptions than people in Arkansas.

Module 3

Module Three

Crafting a Policy That's Right for YOUR Business Operation and Culture

(approx. 16 minutes)

7/10 HR officials reported feeling effects of drug abuse including Absenteeism, Safety, Decreased Productivity

Module 4

Module Four

The Why, When & How of Workplace Drug Testing

(approx. 16 minutes)

95% of opioid overdoses occur in working age adults (age 18-64)

Module 5

Module Five

Legally Sound Drug-Free Workplace Program: What am I allowed (or not allowed) to do?

(approx. 16 minutes)

Medication-assisted treatment provides a "whole-patient" approach to treat substance-use disorders.

Need help?

If someone you know is dealing with opioid-use disorder in Arkansas, contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) to speak with someone. SAMHSA is free, completely confidential, and available 24/7/365 to help you find treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations in your area.