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Know Your Rights: Legal Guidance for Educators and Students with Opioid Dependence Disorders

Guidance from NEA's Office of General Counsel on your rights during treatment for opioid dependence disorders and while in recovery.

Americans with opioid dependence too often end up on the margins of society as they lose their jobs or are unable to continue their education—conditions that make it extremely difficult to rehabilitate or remain rehabilitated.

This guidance aims to help educators and students who are seeking recovery or are in recovery. Originally created by the Bristol-Plymouth Teachers Association in Taunton, Mass., with support from NEA, these resources outline individuals’ rights and protections in accordance with federal anti-discrimination and civil rights laws.



Know your rights: Employees with opioid dependence


Q: As an educator, is my job safe if I leave for treatment related to my opioid dependence, including detoxification treatment?

READ THE GUIDANCE HERE.




Know your rights: Family member of individual with opioid dependence


Q: As a family member, am I able to leave work to care for a relative with opioid dependence?

READ THE GUIDANCE HERE.




Know your rights: College students with opioid dependence


Q: As a college student, can I take additional time to complete a program or return to school after an extended leave of absence due to my opioid dependence?

READ THE GUIDANCE HERE.




Know your rights: High school students with opioid dependence


Q: As a high school student, what support services am I entitled to during treatment for opioid dependence or while in recovery?

READ THE GUIDANCE HERE.



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