Opioid use and abuse has been described as “a crisis” and “an epidemic” in American society.  The impacts have had far reaching consequences in families, communities and workplaces.

As a result, many organizations are developing resources and tools to raise awareness and educate and disseminate best practices as to prevention, treatment and care options and policy implementation and implications.

Workplaces in the nursery, grower and landscape sectors are part of this crisis, especially since workers are susceptible to chronic and acute injuries related to working outdoors, lifting heavy objects and operating heavy machinery and vehicles.  Whether a member of your family, a colleague or someone you work with has been affected by opioid use, it can be challenging to navigate through the many online resources to find the most targeted and practical information for your situation.

SCCAHS's partnership with FNGLA

The Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (SCCAHS) is partnering with the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) to develop and make available to FNGLA chapter members a set of the best online resources on opioids, with a special focus on opioids in the agriculture/environmental horticulture workplace.  We expect to continue to add to these resources over time and to make available trainings as they are developed for employers and business owners with respect to your rights and responsibilities to your workers.  The goal is to provide the best developed resources on opioids to chapter members all in one place, which can be linked from the FNGLA web site.  We are also including a social media tool kit which can be used to inform and raise awareness within your organization and your networks. Over time, we hope to add an FAQ section and to reach out to members to get input as to what else you would like to see on the web page.
Click the links below to view resources from the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Health, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to learn more about opioid prevention, treatment and care, and human resources.
Turn the pages to explore the resources below from the Centers for Disease Control, National Institute of Health, and the National Safety Council, or click on each page to open up or download the PDF.

Social Media Toolkit

Communicating with your members about conversations surrounding opioid abuse is important. Social media is one way to provide information to employers who might be facing this situation. Not sure how to do this or what would be effective discussions to start with? Download the social media toolkit for a comprehensive social media plan, including posts, graphics, and important facts.

Download the toolkit