addiction and employment

Construction Industry Ranks Highest for Heroin, Methadone-Related Overdose Deaths: CDC

November 16, 2018

Construction also ranked first (1.25) among all occupations in total drug overdose deaths, followed by health care support (1.18), extraction (1.16) and health care practitioners/technical (1.16). Extraction occupations ranked first among natural and semisynthetic opioid-related overdose deaths (1.39) and prescription opioid-related overdose deaths (1.3). Health care practitioners/technical occupations led all workers in overdose deaths related to synthetic opioids other than methadone (1.81). The researchers suggest employers implement workplace-specific programs and policies to reduce the impact of the opioid epidemic. A change in workers’ compensation laws and regulations regarding pain management and the prescribing and distribution of opioids already has made a difference. Since 2009, the study states, opioid use among nonsurgical workers has declined in 26 states, according to workers’ comp claims. Among all drug overdose deaths, researchers note that the majority were male (61.8 percent), white (89.8) and between that ages of 45 and 54 (30.1). Original article here. ]]>

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