OIG: CBP, ICE, TSA, Secret Service Have Taken Steps to Confront Employees’ Opioid Abuse

The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General determined that from fiscal years 2015 through 2018, in the midst of a growing opioid epidemic, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and United States Secret Service (Secret Service) appropriately disciplined employees whose drug test results indicated illegal opioid use, based on their employee standards of conduct and tables of offenses and penalties.

Additionally, during the same period, components either have implemented or are taking steps to evaluate whether employees using prescription opioids can effectively conduct their duties. For example, components established policies prohibiting the use of prescription opioids that may impact an employee’s ability to work, in addition to requiring employees to report such prescription opioid use.

Components have also implemented or are in the process of implementing measures to evaluate the fitness for duty of employees using prescription opioids. These policies establish consistent standards components can use to ensure they are allowing employees to use legally prescribed opioids, while also ensuring their workforce is capable of effectively performing their duties.

OIG made two recommendations to improve components’ oversight of illegal and prescription opioid use by employees. CBP and Secret Service concurred with the recommendations and described corrective actions they are taking and plan to take.

Read the OIG report

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