Substance Abuse

    The construction occupation has one of the highest injury rates when compared to other occupations and opioids have commonly been prescribed to construction workers to treat the pain caused by these occupational injuries. In fact, chronic pain and opioid addiction are two of the risk factors that contribute to the suicide rate in construction. Opioid addiction and suicide have a high co-morbidity and employers have a role to play in educating employees about the risk of opioid addiction and helping those who are addicted to find recovery.

    The CPWR Website has a gathered a comprehensive list of resources with information about opioid deaths, prevention, and pain management solutions that employers can use to take a proactive approach to combatting this contributor to our occupation's suicide rates.