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Each June, the National Safety Council celebrates National Safety Month as a time to bring attention to key safety issues. As you plan your 2014 safety calendar, please join the Council and thousands of organizations across the country to reduce risk of the following safety issues:

Week 1: Prevent prescription drug abuse
Week 2: Stop slips, trips and falls
Week 3: Be aware of your surroundings
Week 4: Put an end to distracted driving
Bonus week: Summer safety
Let’s Celebrate Safety!

Thank you so much for celebrating safety with us this June! As we head into our first week of National Safety Month, here is some helpful information to share on Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse.

Daily Tips

June 2: Lower back pain is commonly treated with prescription painkillers. Maintaining good posture and practicing proper lifting techniques can help prevent this common injury.

June 3: Properly disposing medications will help protect the environment as well as pets, children and anyone who might find medication in your trash.

June 4: If you suspect a coworker is struggling with prescription drug abuse, contact Human Resources or your Employee Assistance Program to take appropriate action.

June 5: Keep medications in their original container and maintain a log of what you’re taking.

June 6: If possible, use the same pharmacy for all your prescriptions. The pharmacist may catch incompatible drug combinations.

Free Webinar on Emerging Workplace Safety Issue

Learn how prescription painkiller use may be impacting your company in our free webinar, June 5 at 1 p.m. CST.

Dr. Don Teater, NSC Medical Advisor, will discuss:

The facts about opioid painkillers and how they impact worker safety and recovery from injury

How you can partner with your health and benefit providers to save lives and manage prescription opioid costs
Specific steps to update your drug free workplace program to address prescription painkiller use and misuse
Seven drug compounds to include in your drug testing panel
New Infographic:

A Hidden Workplace Epidemic
Prescription painkiller abuse continues to impact healthcare costs, workplace safety and employee productivity. Check out our new infographic outlining the issue and share with your coworkers to spread the word on this increasing risk.



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