Opioid abuse major problem in construction industry

Opioid abuse is a major problem in the construction industry, hitting it harder than most any other industry in the U.S. economy, according to a new report by the online news source Bisnow.

An estimated 15.1% of construction workers are engaged in opioid abuse, noted the commercial insurance underwriter CAN. That statistic is second only to the food service industry. Yet, the trillion-dollar construction industry remains largely silent, more concerned about perception and insurance hikes than the number of workers who are addicted to opioids, reported Bisnow.

The physical nature of the job is likely part of the reason, with workers suffering wear and tear that leads doctors to prescribe opioid pain medication to allow them to return to the job site. From there, some workers begin a downward spiral into illegal use. READ THE FULL ARTICLE

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