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What the New Opioid Dependence Implant Could Mean for Your Workplace

If you’re wondering how the new opioid dependence implant affects your workplace, you’ll soon know.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, announced that the FDA approved the subdermal buprenorphine implant for men and women battling opioid addiction. The implant consists of medicated rods which release the buprenorphine slowly over a six-month time span.

A Different Way to Treat Opioid Dependence

Instead of taking a buccal tablet or film daily, individuals being treated for opioid dependence can have the implant placed in the skin of the upper arm and have it replaced at the end of the treatment period.

As an employer, it benefits you to know about these developments in treatment because you have a responsibility and a vested interest in making sure your employees recover from any substance abuse issues they may have. With improved medication-assisted treatments, your workplace can benefit from reduced instances of workplace violence, fewer fatal overdoses, and an overall better working environment for all employees.

Benefits of a Drug-Free Workplace

The new opioid dependence implant gives employees the opportunity to come off of the opioid dependence they once have. Employers provide a safer environment for their workers to be in and also reduce the costs of regular drug testing. If an employee tests positive for drugs and then takes the steps necessary to rehabilitate themselves from their drug addiction, companies can decide whether or not to rehire them based on their history of substance abuse.

Easing Into Acceptance of the Opioid Dependence Implant in Employees

The opioid dependence implant is still a very new concept. It may take employers time to catch on to the benefits of it. It may also prove to be somewhat problematic if a drug screen comes up positive for buprenorphine without prior knowledge that the employee has it could cause alarm. It will only be a matter of time before companies have to address the implant issue in employment agreements and employee handbooks.

Need help curbing drug abuse in your workplace? ARCpoint Labs of Independence can help. We provide comprehensive drug testing for any workplace.

To get started on drug or alcohol testing in your workplace, contact ARCpoint Labs of Independence today at (816) 379-3197.


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