Business & Employer Resources 

The places where people live, work and go to school can greatly influence the health of community members.  Local business owners --working alongside residents, community coalitions, businesses and other leaders—can make their communities healthier by addressing substance use issues and advocating for strong prevention programs in their communities and schools. 

What Can Businesses Do to Support Drug-Free Communities?

  • Get informed about the scope of the substance use problem in your community.

Do you know how alcohol and other drug use effects your community? 

Click here to see statistics for youth in your school district http://healthvermont.gov/research/yrbs/2013/district_results.aspx

Find statistics for adults in your region/community:

Information on risk behaviors in Vermont including alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug use from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance system.  Reported by each Health Department District Office region.

Substance Abuse Treatment data for all ages, gender, county & substances 

Your local community coalition or Prevention Consultant can present to your employees about the substance use issues in the community. View Coalition Map

  • Use your resources to educate youth and adults about the risks of drug abuse (including prescription misuse) and excessive drinking.

-  Some businesses offer parent education sessions at the lunch hour, sponsor Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), include notices in paychecks, and information on corporate websites. 

  • Support community efforts to prevent substance use and community activities that promote healthy behaviors – join your local community coalition or start one!  View Coalition Map
  • Do not allow alcohol to be sold or advertised at events promoted as “family friendly”.
  • Increase awareness on the proper storage and disposal of prescription medications.
  • Contribute to substance-free activities to minimize problems on high-risk holidays (for example New Years Eve, 4th of July and Halloween).
  • Develop or review your Drug-Free Workplace Policy. 

Drug Free Workplace Kit: Develop a Policy website provides information on drug-free workplace laws and regulations, basic elements of an effective policy, and resources for developing a policy 

  • Build, review or redesign your workplace health program with a planned, organized, and comprehensive set of programs, policies, benefits, and environmental supports designed to meet the health and safety needs of all employees. 

Worksite health-related programs for employees that reduce alcohol and substance misuse

Employee health benefits are part of an overall compensation package and affect an employee’s willingness to seek preventive services and clinical care.

Designing a worksite that promotes health and can reduce alcohol and drug misuse.

  • Help secure additional funding sources to support your community’s prevention efforts—either by allocating local government funds or by promoting the importance of substance abuse prevention work to potential funders.

Workplace Prevention Resource List:

vadic-logo.gifVADIC  provides communities with informational resources pertaining to substance abuse and at-risk issues. VADIC is a grant-funded program, and its services are free for Vermonters.    Request materials online or Toll-Free: 1 (800) 769-2798.

 

SAMHSA: Division of Workplace Programs

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides oversight for the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Program aimed at elimination of illicit drug use in the federal workforce. 

drugfreehelpline.gifWorkplace Helpline 1-800-WORKPLACE

The Helpline provides telephone consultation to assist employers and union representatives with policy development, drug testing, employee assistance, employee education, supervisor training, and program implementation. It offers resource referrals and free publications. Helpline information specialists are trained to provide information tailored to each organization's unique characteristics. Lists of drug testing labs certified by the Department of Health and Human Services are available free of charge, and networking help is available for finding a medical review officer (MRO).

National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices Model Programs for the Workplace (NREPP) provides specific techniques and interventions that have been carefully implemented and evaluated and shown positive outcomes     

Workplace Health Promotion

This site is a toolkit for workplace health promotion and protection professionals. Use this site to learn about how to design, implement, and evaluate effective workplace health programs.