Substance abuse — tobacco, drugs and alcohol — is a significant concern in North American workplaces. Jobsites where Laborers work are no exception.
Tobacco Awareness is a long-standing LHSFNA program, and the Fund is a national leader among unions in combating tobacco use. Nevertheless, in the U.S. and Canada, Laborers smoke at twice the national average. Tobacco use contributes significantly to chronic disease and a diminished quality of life and has a direct impact on the cost of health care benefits offered through LIUNA’s health & welfare funds. Posters, brochures and other informational materials on tobacco use are available through the Fund’s online catalogue.
Drugs and Alcohol
LIUNA’s signatory employers expect workers to be "fit for duty." That includes being free of drugs and alcohol and their side effects. Drug-free workplace programs, inclusive of drug testing, can help employers keep jobsites safe.
The Health Promotion Division provides information, technical assistance, consultation and training in matters of substance abuse and drug testing, including model workplace drug testing policies, reviewing collective bargaining and other policy language and ensuring compliance with federal or state regulations. Training programs include Substance Abuse Awareness and Orientation to Worksite Drug & Alcohol Testing. Materials are available through the online catalogue. For more information, contact the Health Promotion Division at 202-6285465.
Substance Abuse Resource Links
Substance AbuseIs Alcohol a “Buzzkill” in Your Life? (April, 2021)
Is It Time to Reconsider Zero Tolerance Drug Testing? (February, 2021)
The Link Between Alcohol Use and Chronic Pain (February, 2021)
As More States Legalize Marijuana, Contradictions Remain (January, 2021)
Increasing Opioid Overdoses an Unfortunate Side Effect of the Pandemic (October, 2020)
How to Support People in Recovery from a Substance Use Disorder (September, 2020)
Judgment Can Be Hazardous to Someone Else’s Health (August, 2020)
Department of Transportation Raises 2020 Drug Testing Rates (April, 2020)
Maintaining Sobriety During Social Distancing (April, 2020)
Tackling Opioid Addiction One LIUNA Member at a Time (February, 2020)
Fentanyl Driving Overdoses in More Drugs than Opiates (January, 2020)
Methamphetamine Use Spiking Across the U.S. (December, 2019)
Resources to Help Address the Opioid Crisis (December, 2019)
Empathy: A Powerful Health & Safety Leadership Tool (September, 2019)
Health & Safety Headlines (August, 2019)
Recognizing Warning Signs as Teen Suicide Rises (July, 2019)
Is Naloxone in Your Jobsite’s First-Aid Kit? (October, 2018)
Cocaine, Meth and Marijuana Use Highest in a Decade (July, 2018)
Stigma: Why the Words We Use to Describe People Matter (September, 2017)
What to Do During an Opioid Overdose (December, 2016)
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