Dealing with Opioid Addiction in the Workplace

C Yeh and PLim


Speakers:  Christopher Yeh, Esq.; Philiip Lim, DO, MPH


Date:  November 8, 2017     Time:  9:00am - 12:00pm     Location:  Hawaii Employers Council, Kahili Meeting Room








A Special Seminar brought to you by

Hawaii Employers Council and Case Management Society of America Hawaii Chapter

Recently declared a national emergency, opioid addiction has become a serious problem impacting families, communities, the health care system, and employers. According to the preliminary report issued by the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, “With 142 Americans dying every day, America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks.”  In addition, the report notes that “in 2015, the amount of opioids prescribed in the U.S. was enough for every American to be medicated around the clock for three weeks.”
The question is, are you ready to deal with opioid addiction?  In this half-day seminar, you will learn the facts behind opioid addiction and suggestions for treatment, as well as get a deeper understanding of the employment laws you should be aware of when dealing with an addicted employee.
Part I:  A Doctor’s Perspective
  • What is the opioid addiction trend and how did we get here?
  • When does opioid treatment for pain become non-therapeutic and problematic?
  • What does opioid addiction look like?
  • How to recognize signs of opioid addiction?
  • Who are the abusers?
  • Is marijuana a gateway drug to opioid addiction?
  • What are the treatment options?
  • What can employers do to help the pain doctors and employees in the identification, monitoring and treatment of opioid addiction?
Part II:  How Employers Can Take Action
  • What’s the direct and indirect costs of opioid abuse?
  • Should an employer send the employee to Employee Assistance Programs?
  • What are the considerations surrounding drug testing (e.g., reasonable suspicion, DOT employers) and prescription painkillers?
  • What should employers know about addiction and ADA, FMLA, and workers’ compensation?
About our Speakers
Christopher Yeh, Esq. is a partner at Marr Jones & Wang.  He practices in all aspects of labor and employment law, advises companies on a wide range of employment matters, and has successfully represented employers in proceedings before private arbitrators as well as the state and federal courts in Hawaii, Hawaii Civil Rights Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, and Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.
Mr. Yeh has taught at both Hawaii Pacific University and the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law.  He is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School.  Mr. Yeh has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, the Chambers USA directory America's Leading Lawyers for Business, and Super Lawyers.
Phillip Lim, DO, MPH is the Medical Director for Hawaii Pain Specialists.  He has dedicated his career to treating patients suffering with chronic pain.  He is double board certified in Pain Medicine and Anesthesiology by the American Board of Anesthesiology (a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties).  He received training from the premiere interventional pain fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  Previously, he did an anesthesiology residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Michigan, where he performed multiple regional anesthetic nerve blocks and had the opportunity to perform multiple interventional pain procedures as a rotating resident in the anesthesia pain department.  Prior to his residency, Dr. Lim did a Traditional Rotating Internship at Downey Regional Medical Center in Southern California.  He received his medical degree from Western University of Health Science and a Master in Public Health in Epidemiology from Loma Linda University.  He is a member of the International Spine Interventional Society, American Society of Anesthesiologists, and Hawaii Pain Society.  He deals with all types of pain conditions, but has a special interest in regenerative medicine and advanced interventional procedures such as spinal cord stimulation.
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