Indiana Tech talks opioids in the workplace

Indiana Tech professors are also trying to combat the opioid issue by explaining the impact it has on the workforce to their students. This month's Tech Talk, breaks down how this issue affects us all no matter what age you are or your profession.

Posted: Oct 23, 2018 6:46 PM
Updated: Oct 24, 2018 8:07 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Indiana Tech calls it Tech Talk.
It's similar to the style of Ted Talk, and the professors on the panel one by one share how opioids have invaded their area of expertise.

"You might think unless you're in criminal justice for example, you're never going to encounter any issues with the opioid crisis, but I think we demonstrated today that several fields are changing and definitely dealing with this crisis," Coordinator Courtney Robbins said.

From opioids affecting children's learning abilities and teachers learning to identify it,
it's something they say can sneak up on you because medical doctors are the ones prescribing it to you.

"Especially athletes, young athletes, they need to be told of the effects of surgery and how you handle surgery. Not only from the physical side, but also from their mental side," Joseph Warning, Exercise Science Professor said.

They say the reason this crisis is becoming so widespread is because the people addicted are people who are having life changing surgeries and illnesses.

Then they develop a tolerance, and Special Education Professor Parrish said the only way to beat it is to educate, and show it can happen to anyone.

"I think it starts with educating our youth of the dangers of these medications," Parrish said.

Indiana Tech has these discussions all month long.
The next Tech Talk will cover narcan and first responders on November 8th at 7pm..

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