The opioid addiction epidemic is destroying families in communities throughout our country. The U.S. Chamber Foundation is focused on the long-term competiveness of our nation. Preventing the further spread of opioid abuse, especially among our current and future workforce, is imperative to our country’s future. The Foundation is focusing its efforts in response to the opioid crisis on prevention in schools and solutions for workforce.
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DRUG PREVENTION IN SCHOOLS
Prescription Drug Safety Network
The Chamber Foundation has joined the Prescription Drug Safety Network, an education and prevention program targeting high school students developed by education technology leader EVERFI. As a partner in this Network, the Chamber Foundation is helping to provide high schools in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia with EVERFI’s digital prevention education platform.
Operation PreventionOperation Prevention, a comprehensive program to combat opioid misuse. Operation Prevention's mission is to educate students about the true impacts of opioids and kick-start lifesaving conversations in the home and classroom. The program includes Virtual Field Trips, parent resources, English and Spanish language standards aligned immersive tools, and a national peer-to-peer video challenge.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center has taken the Operation Prevention Pledge to battle the global war on opioid misuse. We’re committed to playing a critical role in preventing opioid misuse today.
U.S. Chamber Foundation President Carolyn Cawley participated in the Chamber’s “The Opioid Epidemic: From the Front Lines to the Boardroom; Best Practices & Recommendations for Addressing Substance Abuse” an event co-hosted by the National Safety Council. The forum highlighted how substance abuse is impacting the business community and focused on solutions to improve access for treatment in the workplace.
The full event can be viewed here.
Prescription Drug Employer Kit – National Safety Council
Our co-host, the National Safety Council, has developed a Prescription Drug Employer Kit. These resources help employers understand the impact of prescription opioid use and misuse in the workplace and effectively communicate with employees. The kit includes information on drug testing, workers' compensation, prevention and more.