Park Avenue Presentations

And We Thought Pot was the Problem: How to Deal with Employees' Addiction to Prescription Drugs

Duration: 90 minutes

Speaker: Deirdre Kamber Todd


Webinar Description

With the widespread legalization of cannabis for both medical and recreational use as well as the generous accommodation of employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act, marijuana legalization has been a huge area of concern for employers.  Despite those concerns, marijuana is not the biggest threat to workplace safety, accommodation issues or procedural complexities.  Our largest and most looming problem with impairment is the opioid epidemic and other prescribed medication.  Why?  Because opioids and other medications often are legally prescribed, are easy to obtain, can quickly create serious impairment on the job, are generally protected under the nondiscrimination laws, and cannot be systemically banned from the workplace. 


Although many people take prescription medications responsibly, an estimated fifty-four million people (more than twenty percent of those aged twelve and older) admit to having used prescribed medications for “non-medical” reasons. Opioid use alone creates costs of more than five billion dollars per year. Death tolls from misuse of prescription medication accounts for more than fifty thousand deaths per year in the United States, equaling the total number of fatalities caused by all illegal drugs (seventeen thousand), all marijuana-related deaths (zero) and all alcohol-related deaths (thirty-three thousand).  So, what as employers can we do to keep our employees and workplaces safe, legal and secure; more important, how do we do it?


This program will offer attendees a toolbox of sound policies, procedures, and understanding of the laws that relate to employees’ medication and medication misuse.  






Continuing HRCI Credit Information

This program has been pre-approved for 1.5 hours of General recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute. Use of the seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.


Continuing SHRM Credit

SHRM Recertification Provider
Park Avenue Presentations is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is valid for 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit


Continuing Legal Education Credit Information

This webinar has been approved in the following states for continuing legal education credit by  The Marino Legal Academy:

California: 1.5 credit hours

The Marino Institute for Continuing Legal Education is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.5 credit hours of participatory CLE credit.

New Jersey: 1.5 credit hours

This webinar has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.5 CLE credit hours.

New York: 1.5 areas of professional practice credit hours

This course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York Continuing Legal Education Board for veteran attorneys for 1.5 credit hours, of which 1.50 credit hours may be applied toward the Areas of Professional Practice.

Pennsylvania: 1.5 credit hours

This Distance Learning program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit.



This event will be presented live with a PowerPoint presentation to be viewed on your computer. You may listen to the audio of the webinar by telephone or through your computer. The PowerPoint slides will be provided shortly before the event. Once you register, you will receive an email which is your receipt and which includes your instructions for dialing in and logging on. You will also receive an email reminder 24 hours before the webinar.