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Course Description

The devastating effects of substance abuse spread far and wide. In the United States alone, millions struggle with addiction and its long-lasting consequences. Many have come to view drug use as an epidemic that has claimed thousands of lives across the country. Addiction doesn't take a break, is without restrictions, and is an unbiased force. It seeps into every facet of their lives, and the lives of their family, friends, and peers.

Drug use in the workplace, as an aspect of substance abuse, is far more common than you would think. In this course, students will learn about workplace drug abuse and what it can do to a person and the business they work for. The course topics will be divided into two groups:

·    The identifying aspects of substance abuse. These sections include the types of drugs a person can be addicted to and their effects. The history and causes of addiction, the legal status of addictive substances, and the warning signs of abuse will also be discussed.

·    The effects of substance abuse in the workplace and what you can do about it. This will cover policies, programs, and other options available for both employers and employees of affected businesses.

This course is intended to be both an educational tool and a resource on substance abuse for those who need it. By the conclusion of the course, you should be prepared to respond, recognize, and act on instances of workplace drug abuse.

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Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

Lesson 1: Employee Substance Abuse

Lesson 2: Substance Abuse in Society

Lesson 3: Drugs and Their Effect: Narcotics

Lesson 4: Drugs and Their Effect: Stimulants

Lesson 5: Drugs and Their Effect: Depressants

Lesson 6: Drugs and Their Effect: Hallucinogens        

Lesson 7: Alcoholism in the Workplace

Lesson 8: The Causes of Addiction

Lesson 9: Problems in the Workplace

Lesson 10: Solutions and Approaches to Substance Abuse

Lesson 11: Detection and Testing

Lesson 12: Employee Assistance Programs

Lesson 13: Etiology of Employee Substance Abuse

Lesson 14: Employees in Recovery

Lesson 15: Additional Resources

Course Materials

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Grading Policy

Several lessons will be accompanied by a brief quiz. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

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
  • Know the causes of addiction.
  • Know solutions and approaches to substance abuse.
  • Know steps an employer can take for detection and testing for drug usage.
  • Determine employee assistance programs.
  • Describe etiology of employee substance abuse.
  • Know employees in recovery, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 1 Quiz45
Lesson 2 Quiz50
Lesson 3 Quiz45
Lesson 4 Quiz50
Lesson 5 Quiz50
Lesson 6 Quiz45
Lesson 7 Quiz50
Lesson 8 Quiz45
Lesson 9 Quiz50
Lesson 10 Quiz50
Lesson 11 Quiz45
Lesson 12 Quiz50
Lesson 13 Quiz35
Lesson 14 Quiz40
Lesson 15 Quiz50
The Final Exam325
Total Points:1025

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