Online Class: Workplace Drug Use - An HR Guide

In this course, students will learn about workplace drug abuse and how it affects both the individual and business as well as learn the steps to recognize, respond and mitigate its worst consequences.

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Course Description

Substance Abuse & The Workplace: Understanding, Addressing, and Rising Above

Substance abuse – a silent, persistent, and ever-encroaching shadow – doesn't discriminate. In its relentless grip, millions find themselves ensnared, battling not just addiction but its cascading ripple effects that touch every aspect of their lives and the lives of those around them. It's not just a personal battle; the very fabric of our society, including our workplaces, is stained by its impact. With the United States grappling with the profound dimensions of this epidemic, understanding its intricacies becomes not just important, but imperative.

Think of the modern workplace – a bustling hub of productivity, creativity, and collaboration. But lurking beneath the surface is an often overlooked reality: substance abuse. Whether it's the high-performing executive seeking solace in narcotics or the diligent worker battling personal challenges, no one is immune. This course, designed with meticulous attention, aims to shed light on this silent plague.

Delve into a comprehensive journey:

  1. Unmasking the Enemy: Decode the myriad types of addictive substances, from the seemingly benign to the overtly destructive. Understand their physiological, psychological, and social repercussions.

  2. Historical and Legal Context: Traverse the history of addiction and gain insights into the legal maze surrounding various substances. How did we get here?

  3. Recognizing the Subtle Signs: Arm yourself with the ability to discern the often subtle yet critical warning signs of abuse – a skill invaluable in the workplace and beyond.

  4. Beyond Identification - Intervention: Dive deep into strategies for workplaces, from formulating ironclad policies to launching rehabilitation and support programs.

  5. Empowerment Through Awareness: Equip yourself with tools and knowledge not just to respond but to proactively address and mitigate the challenges posed by substance abuse.

Envision a world where workplaces aren't just centers of professional growth, but sanctuaries of well-being. This course is more than an educational endeavor; it's a call to action, a step towards creating safer, healthier, and more supportive work environments. Whether you're an employer, an HR professional, or a concerned colleague, by the end of this course, you'll be equipped with the knowledge and tools to make a tangible difference.

Join us on this transformative journey. The battle against substance abuse begins with awareness, and awareness starts here. Let's rise above, together.

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  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.8 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
"Extraordinarily Helpful"
(648 votes)

Lesson 1: Employee Substance Abuse

The continued effects of substance abuse in recent years only has brought it closer to the forefront of the public’s mind. It is a problem that, rightfully, everyone needs to pay attention to. Additional lesson topics: Myths and Facts about Substance Abuse; Addiction, Substance Abuse and the Workplace: An Approach that Works for Managers, Supervisors and Human Resources; Overview of Workplace Drug Abuse; Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use in the Workforce and Workplace 46 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Course Introduction and Goals
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Quiz

Lesson 2: Substance Abuse in Society

This lesson will look at the history of substance abuse and how it is seen from a legal perspective. Additional lesson topics: Is Your Practice Vulnerable to Employee Drug Abuse? What You Need to Know About Drug Screening in the Workplace: Rationale and Guidelines 225 ; History and Context Of Substance Abuse; Legal Issues: Integrating Substance Abuse Treatment and Vocational Services 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Quiz

Lesson 3: Drugs and Their Effect - Narcotics

While most of the narcotics that will be discussed are illegal to use, there are many legal narcotics that can be abused. Additional lesson topics: Trends and Statistics; Narcotics: Drug Fact Sheet; Narcotic Pain Medications Opioids, Analgesics, Narcotics 45 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Quiz

Lesson 4: Drugs and Their Effect: Stimulants

This lesson will discuss the details of stimulants, including types, signs of usage, the side effects that users can experience, and how treatment and recovery works. Additional lesson topics: Stimulant Addiction Treatment; How do stimulants affect the brain and body?; Signs of Stimulant Abuse; What Are Stimulants? 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Quiz

Lesson 5: Drugs and Their Effect - Depressants

The lesson will look into the different types of depressants, how they are used in medical and non-medical settings, and what evidence of their usage you can see in a user. Additional lesson topics: Central Nervous System Depressants; What are Depressants?; Signs and Symptoms of Sedative Use; Workplace Drug Use Statistics 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Quiz

Lesson 6: Drugs and Their Effect: Hallucinogens

This lesson will look at the details concerning hallucinogens. Topics will include the types of hallucinogens, how they appear and are used, how to identify users, the side effects, and what to expect for treatment. Additional lesson topics: Hallucinogens: Drug Abuse Signs and Symptoms; What Are Hallucinogens and Dissociative Drugs?; Hallucinogens: what are the effects?; LSD Addiction in the Workplace; Are Hallucinogens In Your Workplace? 45 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Quiz

Lesson 7: Alcoholism in the Workplace

Alcoholism in the workplace is a major issue, more so in some aspects than other instances of substance abuse. Additional lesson topics: When Does Moderate Drinking Become A Problem?; Alcoholism in the Workplace: A Handbook for Supervisors; Short and Long Term Effects of Alcoholism; Identifying alcohol or drug abuse in the workplace; Am I Alcoholic Self Test; Addressing Alcoholism in the Workplace 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Quiz

Lesson 8: The Causes of Addiction

This lesson will look at the causes of addiction, including those that currently are known and a few theories that are being studied. Additional lesson topics: Genetic and Environmental Factors in Addiction; What are the underlying causes of drug addiction?; Drug addiction risk factors; Psychological Causes of Addiction 45 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Quiz

Lesson 9: Problems in the Workplace

Substance abuse is not limited to workers of certain industries and professions. Since the vast majority of people with substance abuse issues are, in fact, employed to some degree, it entirely is possible that addiction is present in your place of work. Additional lesson topics: Consequences of Workplace Drug Abuse; Workplace Drug Abuse; Substance Abuse and Work Productivity 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Quiz

Lesson 10: Solutions and Approaches to Substance Abuse

In this lesson, you will learn about what options are available when approaching substance abuse in the workplace. Additional lesson topics: The Effects of Substance Use on Workplace Injuries; The Effects of Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace; Marijuana Use and Its Impact on Workplace Safety and Productivity; Substance Abuse in the Workplace 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Quiz

Lesson 11: Detection and Testing

Effective methods of detection can catch and potentially stop someone who is abusing drugs before they cause serious harm to themselves and their peers. Additional lesson topics: Federal Laws and Regulations; Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction; Establish a Drug- and Alcohol-Abuse Prevention Policy 45 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Quiz

Lesson 12: Employee Assistance Programs

This lesson will discuss EAPs and what employers need to know about them. Topics will include the advantages and disadvantages of such a program in the workplace as well as what requirements are necessary. Additional lesson topics: Employee Drug Testing Pros and Cons; Can Employers Test for Prescription Drugs?; Drug Testing Methods 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Quiz

Lesson 13: Etiology of Employee Substance Abuse

The information gained from a disease’s etiology is incredibly valuable for researchers. It can be used to track its progress as a whole and predict future patterns. Additional lesson topics: What professions have the highest rates of drug abuse?; Etiology of Alcohol and Other Drug Use: An Overview of Potential Causes; Several Steps to Deal with an Employee's Substance Abuse Problem; Seeking Drug and Alcohol Treatment for Employees 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 13 Quiz

Lesson 14: Employees in Recovery

This lesson will look at what employers and employees can expect with recovery and its presence in the workplace. Topics will include actions that employers can take to help, resources for handling relapse, sobriety programs, and issues surround privacy. Additional lesson topics: Hiring Employees In Recovery: A Business Advantage?; Avoiding Common Triggers to Relapse; Your Guide to Addiction Recovery: Relapse Prevention 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 14 Quiz

Lesson 15: Additional Resources

In this final lesson, two specific additional resources for workplace drug abuse will be discussed. Additional lesson topics: NCADD or the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence; Advancing Addiction Science; Society for Human Resource Management or SHRM; SAMHSA or the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; NIAAA- Alcohol 375 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Lesson discussions: End of Course Poll; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Assessment: Lesson 15 Quiz
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe employee substance abuse.
  • Describe substance abuse in society.
  • Describe various classes of drugs and their effects.
  • Alcoholism in the Workplace
  • Summarize the causes of addiction.
  • Summarize solutions and approaches to substance abuse.
  • Summarize steps an employer can take for detection and testing for drug usage.
  • Determine employee assistance programs.
  • Describe etiology of employee substance abuse.
  • Summarize employees in recovery.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Workplace Drug Use - An HR Guide
Course Number: 9770488
Lessons Rating: 4.8 / 5 Stars (648 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: October 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.6 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Linda Zavadil
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "It was very helpful. Learned many things as far as how much help there is out there and just the different things with drugs and alcohol abuse as far as legal things, assistance, how to help someone, how to know if someone is using." -- Jesse G.
  • "Very good content and covered a broad of topics relevant to employee substance use." -- Mike L.
  • "It was quite informative." -- Patricia T.

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