Working Partners® Wayfinder
Helping you navigate your drug-free workplace program
October
2020
As your business continues to react and respond to the impact of COVID-19, remember we are here for you. If you find yourself wondering how your drug-free workplace policy and program fits in, don’t hesitate to reach out. We can help you creatively think through the details. 
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Confronting the Numbers and Leading with Purpose

New data shows a continued rise in illicit drug use among adults. The 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found an 11.6% increase in adults’ use of illicit drugs in 2019 over 2018. Additionally, workplace drug test positivity rates reached a 16-year high, according to Quest Diagnostic’s Drug Testing Index. But some of the drugs responsible for this increase might not be what you think they are.

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DOT continues to allow virtual assessments

The Department of Transportation (DOT) will continue to allow substance abuse professionals (SAP) to conduct remote face-to-face assessments and evaluations of employees who violate DOT drug and alcohol regulations.

The Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance initially released this guidance in April because of COVID-19 and have decided to continue to allow this practice until December 31, 2020.

BWC helping employers update drug and alcohol policy

Forgot when you last updated your policy?
Wondering if your policy is current?

Through the BWC's Substance Use Recovery and Workplace Safety Program, employers in participating counties can get reimbursed for updating their drug and alcohol policy.

Visit the BWC's website, or give us a call - 614.337.8200 - to see if you can take advantage of this program.

Need help deciding if it's time to update your policy? Check out our list of five of questions to help you review your policy.
One less thing to worry about

2020 has thrown a lot of stressors your way, so don't let issues related to alcohol and other drugs add to your stress.

With Working Partners® Consortium membership you get access to troubleshooting consultation to help address concerns or challenges relating to your drug-free workplace policy and program.

Other benefits include

  • Afforable, federally certified drug testing
  • Affordable employee assistance program services
  • Discounts on Working Partners® products and courses
  • Discounts on legal support related to drug-free workplace issues

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Working Partners® CEO, Dee Mason, was published in The Columbus Dispatch last month.

"Not only do employers have health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus, we also need to be concerned about the mental health of our employees and candidates — including the misuse of alcohol and other drugs. For the most part, these issues are not 'in our faces' as we are adjusting to our new normal. But if statistics can be believed, there are serious problems taking seed during these unprecedented times of working remotely, under partial or whole quarantines, especially as we’re struggling to reestablish rhythms to our business operations."

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Check out BWC's Frequently Asked Questions for more information regarding this extension and other COVID-19 related changes.

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OnDemand 24/7 courses for employees & supervisors are always available


CEUs through HRCI, OCILB and SHRM available for select courses.
¿Habla Español?

On-going employee education about alcohol and other drug issues is important.

To help you provide information to Spanish-speaking employees in their native language, we have compiled a library of Spanish articles and resources on topics about alcohol and other drugs including information on prevention, misuse and treatment.

(we also included English versions of the resources)