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NIOSH Confronts the Opioid Crisis

The effects of opioid use and misuse are not isolated to work or home environments, and the potential for addiction may be preceded by injuries that happen in the workplace, with the consequences affecting both an individual’s working life as well as their home life.

By using Total Worker Health® principles, NIOSH is developing solutions to help workers and employers facing this epidemic in their communities. Learn more about the specific steps NIOSH is taking to approach this challenge.

Data Collection

NIOSH will obtain relevant data to characterize and address the opioid crisis in workers.

Field Investigations

NIOSH is conducting field investigations to determine the extent of opioid exposures and best approaches for prevention.


Transfer knowledge into practice to promote effective interventions.

Featured Resources

Below you will find featured NIOSH, CDC and other resources related to the opioid epidemic. Check back frequently for new information. For a full list of resources, see our resources page on this website.

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