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Johns Hopkins Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health


Opioids in the Maryland Workplace:
Challenges and Solutions

Monday, November 5, 2018
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 
Feinstone Hall 

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Executive Summary

On November 5, 2018, the Maryland Department of Health co-sponsored a workshop to address the challenges of opioids in the workplace. The workshop reviewed the medical, legal, ethical, fiscal, and regulatory challenges confronting Maryland employers, workers, and others involved in the response to opioids in the workplace. The workshop identified opportunities for possible collaboration and intervention to help Maryland businesses in areas including modifying social attitudes regarding substance use disorders, increasing knowledge through education and training, providing resources, changes to insurance policies related to pre-authorization, working with the legal community, treatment, drug testing policy, employee assistance programs, and the role of the primary care provider. 



Learning Objectives


8:30 a.m.Registration Check-in and Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m.


Ellen J. MacKenzie, PhD, Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

9:05 a.m.


Clifford S. Mitchell, MS, MD, MPH, Director, Environmental Health Bureau, Maryland Department of Health

9:20 a.m.

Keynote Address

The Honorable Kelly M. Schulz, Secretary, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation

9:50 a.m.

Panel 1: Defining the Problem — Medical, Legal, Ethical, Fiscal, Regulatory Issues

Moderator:  Darrell VanDeusen, Esq., Kollman & Saucier, P.A.


  • Terrence J. Artis, Assistant General Counsel, Maryland Commission on Civil Rights
  • Joyce Walker-Jones, Esq., U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Lawrence A. Richardson, Jr., Esq., Maryland Chamber of Commerce
  • Robert K. White, MA, LCPC, University of Maryland Medical System
10:50 a.m.Break
11:00 a.m.

Panel 2: Emerging Trends and Innovations

Moderator:  Marianne Cloeren, MD, MPH, University of Maryland School of Medicine


  • Rebecca L. Jones, RN, MSN, Health Officer, Worcester County
  • Linda Carter Batiste, J.D., Job Accommodation Network
  • Chris Trahan Cain, CIH, Center to Protect Worker Rights
  • Wayne J. Creasap II, The Association of Union Constructors
12:10 p.m.Lunch (provided)
1:15 p.m.

Breakout Groups (Feinstone Hall, W7023, W2015)

Participants will be assigned to breakout groups. Each group will have a cross-section of disciplines and will address the following questions:

1:30 p.m.   What are the most important challenges/barriers to optimal
                   management of opioids in the workplace?

2:00 p.m.    What are the most important/significant opportunities or best
                    practices to achieve optimal management of opioids?

2:30 p.m.     Rank and order priorities

3:00 p.m.Breakout Group Reports
3:45 p.m.Wrap-Up and Next Steps
4:30 p.m.Adjourn


Please contact Mary Doyle at or 410-955-0423.