According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), opioids killed more than 42,000 people in 2016, and 40% of those deaths involve a prescription opioid.
The construction industry has one of the highest injury rates when compared to other industries and opioids have commonly been prescribed to construction workers to treat the pain caused by these occupational injuries. Since use of opioids has led to addiction and overdose deaths, it is important for workers to understand the risks and alternatives.
CPWR’s Opioids Resources page contains information about opioid deaths, prevention, and pain management alternatives. Just added is a new training program, intended to be used by experienced NABTU instructors, that is designed to increase awareness of opioids and decrease stigma associated with opioid use.