Prescription medication dependence - resources for employers

Employers have an obligation to maintain a safe workplace, including identifying and managing any risks. If you become aware that an employee is under the influence of medication that could cause impairment, you can ask them to undertake a physical or psychological fitness for work or fitness for duty assessment by referring them to an appropriate medical provider.

SafeWorkSA provides information on alcohol and drugs in the workplace.

Employee Assistance programs provide support to employees and their immediate family to overcome challenging personal and work life issues.

Heads Up provides training materials and access to resources for employers working towards a mentally healthy workplace

The Construction and Other Industries Drug  and Alcohol Program (COIDAP) was established by employers and workers in  the construction industry to address the issue of unsafe work practices related to drugs and alcohol in the workplace.

ReturnToWorkSA's recent Webinar "Medications for Pain Management in the Workplace" presented by Dr Jacinta Johnson (Senior Pharmacist, Medication Safety, SA Pharmacy) is aimed at Return To Work Coordinators and focuses on:

  • examining pain management and the role medication can play
  • unpacking the different types of medications used to manage pain
  • different medication effects
  • workplace considerations
  • what you can do if you perceive any issues.

Return to work coordinators

ReturnToWorkSA provides tailored advice to help return to work coordinators support workers with an injury, including those who may be struggling with prescription opioids and drugs of dependency. Contact our return to work coordinator support service on 13 18 55 or email