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New ADA Opioid Addiction Guidance

opioid addiction

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued new guidance which clarifies existing requirements related to opioid use and employment under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

ADA Protection for Opioid Users

Use of Codeine, Oxycodone, and Other Opioids: Information for Employees

This document states that current illegal drug use is not an ADA covered disability. But there are ADA rules that protect an individual from disability discrimination if they are:

  • In recovery from opioid addiction
  • Lawfully using opioid medication
  • Receiving medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction

Guidance is also provided for those employers who have a concern about their employee’s ability to safely perform their job and information about reasonable accommodations for those that legally use opioids.


Health Care Provider Information

How Health Care Providers Can Help Current and Former Patients Who Have Used Opioids Stay Employed

This document provides:

  • Patients’ workplace rights under the ADA
  • Proper documentation for employers who need reasonable workplace accommodations for a patient using opioids
  • Information to help employers determine whether an employee who uses opioids poses a workplace safety risk

For more information, download the bulletin.

National Insurance Services is not a law firm and no opinion, suggestion, or recommendation of the firm or its employees shall constitute legal advice. Readers are advised to consult with their own attorney for a determination of their legal rights, responsibilities and liabilities, including the interpretation of any statute or regulation, or its application to the readers’ business activities.

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Brock Buckellew

Brock Buckellew

Brock Buckellew believes in giving back to his community. He volunteers at several charities as well as serving his local clients with their employee benefit needs. Brock enjoys providing resources and solutions as well as establishing long lasting relationships. As Account Manager for National Insurance Services, Brock works with schools, cities, and counties in the Midwest Region on their health insurance, wellness plans, benefit communication, and retirement incentives. Brock has a background in employee benefit consulting and is a licensed insurance agent.