Prevention in the workplace: Reading List

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Substance use can affect workers of all ages; therefore, the workplace may play a vital role in preventing substance abuse throughout their careers. In fact, the workplace has a potential role in promoting the prevention and reducing the substance related problems. In addition, it is important that substance use related challenges should be recognized as health issues at work, treated as any other health issue, and covered by health-care organizations.

Alcohol Availability, Use, and Harms Among adolescents in Three Mexican Cities.

Ringwalt, C. L., Paschall, M. J., Grube, J. W., Miller, T. R., Warren, K. R., Gidi, V., Fisher, D. A., & Goldberg, A. (2020). Alcohol Availability, Use, and Harms Among Adolescents in Three Mexican Cities. Journal of Drug Education, 49(1–2), 55–68.

Alcohol consumption contributes to 3 million deaths each year globally as well as to the disabilities and poor health of millions of people. 

Alcohol use among adolescents can be harmful to neurodevelopment and has been linked to an increased risk of suicide ideation, depression, and risky sexual behaviour.

Work Environment Factors and Prevention of Opioid-Related Deaths

William S. Shaw, Cora Roelofs, and Laura Punnett, 2020: Work Environment Factors and Prevention of Opioid-Related Deaths American Journal of Public Health 110, 1235_1241,
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Opioid use disorder (OUD) and opioid overdose deaths (OODs) are prevalent among US workers, but work-related factors have not received adequate attention as either risk factors or opportunities for OOD prevention. Higher prevalence of OOD in those with heavy physical jobs, more precarious work, and limited health care benefits suggest work environment and organizational factors may predispose workers to the development of OUD.

Substance Use Disorders Recovery with a Focus on Employment and Education

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has issued Evidence-Based Resources Guide Series. The Guide Series is a comprehensive and modular set of resources intended to support health care providers, health care system administrators, and community members to meet the needs of individuals at risk for, experiencing, or recovering from Substance Use Disorders.