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Mental Health & Addiction

Resources to Prevent Opioid Deaths in Construction

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were more than 60,000 opioid-related overdose deaths in the 12 months ending in July 2020 –- a nearly 30% increase from the previous year.1

The construction industry has one of the highest injury rates in the U.S., 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.

The following resources contain information about opioid deaths, prevention, and pain management alternatives. Included is an updated training program, intended to be used by experienced instructors, that is designed to increase awareness of the dangers of opioids and decrease stigma associated with undertaking recovery—knowledge that is all the more important now given the overall rise in opioid use during the COVID-19 pandemic.





NABTU Opioid Task Force




Facing Addiction:

Washington State L&I:


Other Reports & News:


1Ahmad FB, Rossen LM, Sutton P. Provisional drug overdose death counts. National Center for Health Statistics. 2021.


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