The Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board is convening panel discussions this

Spring on ways employers can proactively address the opioid crisis in the workplace. Employers and HR professionals are invited to attend the free workshops called Opioids and Your Workplace. The workshops are scheduled for Monday, May 20th, at SOFTEC in Siren and Tuesday, May 21st, at Flat Creek Lodge in Hayward, WI. Both events will take place from 8 a.m. until noon.

Funding for this workshop series is provided by the Northwest Wisconsin

Health Education Center.

At both events, business leaders will hear from national experts who work on the intersection of opioids, opioid use, and the workplace. Topics will include a presentation of data from the

National Safety Council’s Opioids At Work Employer Survey, workplace strategies and human resources policies to prevent opioid misuse and help employees navigate the opioid treatment and recovery landscape, and reducing stigma and other barriers to successfully addressing opioids in the workplace. Dr. Thomas Hysler, M.D., MPH, will present on the intersection of occupational health, injury in the workplace, and the opioid crisis.

The workplace is a key environment for reaching employees, families, and communities to help prevent further opioid misuse, addiction, and overdose, and to help those already affected. The National Safety Council would like to use this as an opportunity to debut some new materials – and to get some explicit feedback from attendees on the content of the presentations, and discuss barriers and challenges specific to your community. A comprehensive post-workshop discussion will be implemented to gather feedback on the session and curriculum. Presenters from the National Safety Council in Wisconsin and Minnesota, including Rachael Cooper, MFS, will attend to work through the curriculum with attendees. 

Registration is required to attend the free workshops. Online registration can be found at

https://opioidsandtheworkplace.eventbrite.com. For more information about the workshop series or registration assistance, please contact Mary Lois Bolka, Sector and Strategies Coordinatorfor the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board, at 715.682.9141 Ext. 118 or mbolka@nwwib.com.