The Indiana Workforce Recovery initiative has a series of free strategy events taking place throughout the state over the next few months in its efforts to combat substance use disorder in the workplace.

Indiana Workforce Recovery is a joint partnership among the Wellness Council of Indiana, the Indiana Chamber of and Gov. Eric Holcomb’s administration; it was established one year ago.

The employer-focused sessions run through April. While there have been a significant number of events around the state on the impact of opioid use disorder and substance use disorder on Indiana communities, these gatherings will be the first to focus exclusively on solution-oriented best practices for employers.

The first opioid strategy event was in Terre Haute on Tuesday. Locations and upcoming dates for the series:

  • Fort Wayne, February 12
  • Northwest Indianapolis, February 19
  • Northeast Indianapolis, March 5
  • Downtown Indianapolis, March 12
  • Plainfield, March 19
  • Lafayette, March 21
  • Greenwood, April 3
  • Bloomington, April 4

Employers are invited to attend the free meetings, which will cover topics such as the science of substance use disorder, stories of recovery, legal guidance on drug-free workplace policies, how to detect use among employees, as well as an optional naloxone training session to learn how and when to use the opioid overdose reversal drug. Connections to local treatment and recovery efforts will also be emphasized. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Mike Thibideau, director of Indiana Workforce Recovery, notes that of the Hoosiers with substance use disorder, up to 70% are part of the workforce.

“It’s very important for employers to educate themselves on how to mitigate the short-term impact of the opioid epidemic on their workplace, while building an environment that in the long-term helps them hire and retain a talented and dependable workforce,” he stresses.

“We also want employers to know what to do if an employee is struggling and how to get them connected to the help they need. All of these efforts are critical.”

Employer convenings are hosted by the Wellness Council of Indiana and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. All the employer convenings in the Indianapolis area are presented in partnership with the Indy Chamber.

To learn about the events or how to participate as an exhibitor, contact Thibideau at [email protected] or (317) 264-2166.

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