About Pain, Opioids, and the Workplace

Workplace injuries and illness can lead to opioid use, which creates a high risk of opioid use disorder (OUD). The workplace can also contribute to OUD when it raises stress levels, aggravates underlying mental health issues, and affects chronic pain conditions. But with the right culture, policies, and practices, employers can have a positive impact on reducing OUD – not only in their own workplaces, but in their industries and across Massachusetts.

These workplace-based resources and trainings are funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Occupational Health Surveillance Program as part of SAMHSA’s State Opioid Response (SOR) grant, and are part of Health Resource in Action’s BeHERE Initiative, working to advance racial equity in behavioral health systems. HRiA works with governments, communities, scientists, and nonprofit organizations that share an imperative for resolving today’s most critical public health issues through policy, research, prevention, and health promotion.