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Virtual Waging a Counterattack on Opioids in the Workplace/Home 2 Part Series (Partner: AGC of MO)


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Session #1: May 10, 2022   10:30-11:45 am CDT

Breaking the Stigma of Substance Misuse and Addiction for Construction Workers (Note: this virtual session is free)


The construction industry has taken steps to reduce the risks and liabilities of substance misuse among the workforce. However, the stress, uncertainties, and anxieties of the pandemic have magnified the risk of substance misuse or addiction relapse among workers and their families. Traditional approaches like drug testing and waiting for employees to either seek help through EAPs or hit rock bottom are not effective. Learn how breakthrough behavioral health solutions can help employers reduce risks and improve the wellbeing of workers.

 Learning Objectives:

  1. Handling techniques for the “elephant in the room”
  2. How substance misuse impairment and addiction impact construction
  3. How using lived experience education and peer support coaching promotes help seeking leading to behavioral change
  4. Benefits of creating recovery-friendly workplaces on diversity/equity/inclusion and workforce development
  5. Learn how digital education and peer support coaching leads to addiction treatment and recovery.


Brand Newland

Brand Newland, PharmD, is CEO and Co-founder of Goldfinch Health based in Austin, Texas. Goldfinch Health optimizes the surgery and recovery experience for patients, saving companies and patients time, money, and addiction. Inspired by personal experiences with the pitfalls of surgery and a lack of proactive solutions to the opioid crisis, Brand helped to launch a vision toward a higher standard of care in surgery and recovery in 2018. He has over 15 years of experience in bringing new health care solutions to payers, employers, health care providers, and patients. Brand received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Iowa, his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and holds a certification in pain management. He can be reached at brand.newland@goldfinchhealth.com and 319-594-4830.

Cal Beyer

Cal Beyer, CWP, SCTPP is vice president of workforce risk and worker wellbeing for Holmes Murphy & Associates. He serves on the Executive Committee for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and Expert Advisory Groups for the Center for Workplace Mental Health, Suicide Prevention Resource Center, and Heritage CARES. Cal was instrumental in the launch of the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention in 2016 and recognized by Engineering News-Record as a Top 25 Newsmaker for 2016. Contact Beyer at cbeyer@holmesmurphy.com or 651-307-7883. https://www.csdz.com/service/worker-wellbeing-and-suicide-prevention/

Richard Jones

Richard Jones, MA, MBA, LCAS, CCS, CEAP, SAP, c-EMDR is Executive Vice President for Heritage CARES. He is an experienced therapist, clinician, and health care entrepreneur operating primarily in the behavioral health space. He has wide-ranging professional experience across nearly all behavioral health domains, including mental health, substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders, and intellectual disabilities. Rich has over 20 years of management experience and has been instrumental in launching and rebuilding multiple programs nationwide. He is passionate about providing quality care and supporting people in need. As the EVP and Executive Director of Heritage CARES, a division of Heritage Health Solutions, Rich’s focus is on building the clinical foundation for the Heritage CARES program. Contact Jones at RJones@heritagehealthsolutions.com or 864/764-8504. www.heritagehealthsolutions.com

Session #2: May 24, 2022 10:30-11:45 am CST 

Waging a Counterattack on Opioids in the Workplace and at Home


The opioid crisis is waging a war across the US. More than 105,000 Americans died of overdoses from October 2020 to October 2021.  This number has more than doubled in the past 5 years. 75% of these were the result of opioids; 87% of the opioid overdoses are from the lethal synthetic Fentanyl and related analogs. 28 states had increases of 30% or greater in opioid overdoses in 2020. According to the National Safety Council, approximately 75% of workplaces are affected by this crisis.

Construction workers and extended families are disproportionately at risk. Learn how to protect your workforce and your family from opioids through practical and proven first-exposure (dose) prevention strategies in Workers Compensation and Employee Health Benefit Programs. Learn risk assessment methods to evaluate the risk in your organizations and families.  Learn innovative approaches to counter these identified exposures through risk management strategies to prevent and mitigate exposure to first doses and/or addiction during medical and surgical procedures.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the risks of soft tissue injuries and surgical procedures at work, home and/or play (athletics/sports).
  2. Identify the mental and physical effects of chronic pain learning alternatives to opioids and opioid-sparing protocols.
  3. Assess the human and financial consequences of opioids in Work Compensation and Employee Medical Health Benefit claims.
  4. Learn how Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols optimize surgical outcomes in work- and/or home-related cases.
  5. Discuss recommendations, resources, and tools available to help companies and families address the risk of opioids, including practical first-exposure prevention strategies.


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May 24 2022


10:30 am - 12:00 pm


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