Webinar: Where is My Mind? Opioids, Cannabis, and Substance Use Disorder in the Workplace (Recorded)
Webinar: Where is My Mind? Opioids, Cannabis, and Substance Use Disorder in the Workplace (Recorded)

Where is My Mind - Opioids, Cannabis, and Substance Use Disorder in the Workplace 

This recorded webinar series discusses three of the fastest growing practice issues in occupational health.

Module 1: Opioids, presented by Dr. Don Teator
Module 2: Cannabis, presented by Dr. Corey Waller
Module 3: Substance Use Disorder, presented by Dr. Don Teator


Don Teater MD, MPH is a family physician from North Carolina. His work now focuses on the intersection of pain, opioids, and addiction. He was lead facilitator for the expert panel during the development of the CDC Guidelines for treating chronic pain. He continues to work with the CDC and other federal and state organizations on the opioid issue while continuing to see patients in western NC.

R. Corey Waller MD, MS, FACEP, DFASAM is an addiction, pain, and emergency medicine specialist, a Principal Consultant at Health Management Associates, and the Chair of the Legislative Advocacy Committee for the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). In these roles, he is directly responsible for consultation regarding addiction treatment ecosystem development and education as well as all Washington, D.C. related matters for ASAM.

He has worked extensively with local, state and Federal law enforcement on the issues of controlled substance diversion and interdiction. Dr. Waller earned a Master of Science in Biology with a neuro-molecular focus at Southwest Texas State University and earned his Medical Degree at the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Waller completed his Emergency Medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and Addiction Medicine

Course Description and Outcomes:


The Opioid Epidemic is a real public Health and Safety emergency causing life-threatening situations. Many cases of opioid use disorder occur because of improper treatment of an acute injury.  Clinicians should consider opioid therapy only if expected benefits for both pain and function are anticipated to outweigh risks to the patient. The presentation discusses the effects of Opioid use on the workers, appropriate prescription of Opioids with established treatment goals, and how to assess and treat Opioid Use Disorders.

Learner Outcomes:

  1. Identify the issues surrounding the prescribing of Opioids and risk of addiction.
  2. Discuss types of pain and the circumstances for prescribing Opioids.
  3. Describe the Assessment and Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder/Addiction


With the legalization of marijuana in many states, employees are now more likely than ever to come to work under the influence of this drug.  Ensuring that workplaces are safe and healthy environments and that workers using cannabis can safely perform their jobs is a critical concern. This presentation discusses the various types of cannabis, their effects on the worker, and identification of impairment of the worker to ensure a safe and healthy workplace.

Learner Outcomes:

  1. Identify types of cannabis.
  2. Discuss the effects of cannabis on pain.
  3. Discuss the adverse health effects of marijuana, including cancers and cognitive impairment.

Substance Use Disorders

Twenty percent of the population has a Substance Use Disorder of some type, accounting for millions of dollars in lost productivity and absenteeism.  Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry.  Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations.  Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. This presentation discusses the risks of drug use and addiction in the workplace, successful treatment modalities, and strategies to control the effects of drugs in the workplace through appropriate Substance Use Disorder Programs.

Learner Outcomes:

  1. Identify the components of addiction and Substance Use Disorders
  2. Discuss the risk factors of developing Substance Use Disorders
  3. Describe the components of a successful Substance Use Disorders program.

Contact Hours and Cost

4.5 Contact Hours

Members: $90
Nonmembers: $120

  • Requirements for successful completion:  view entire webinar, complete online evaluation
  • Contact hours for this webinar will expire on November 13, 2020.

The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (AAOHN) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. is additionally approved as a CNE provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing (#CEP9283).

There are no conflicts of interest related to this webinar.