Opioids are a significant problem in the U.S. Opioids are the leading cause of unintentional overdose deaths. The construction industry has high rates of pain and musculoskeletal injuries among workers. Some workers, including young workers, seek medical treatment and are commonly prescribed opioids to relieve their pain. Having limited to no sick leave for recovery and poor job security can lead to workers coming to work when in pain and possibly under the influence of painkillers. Long-term use of opioids can lead to addiction and may eventually lead to job loss.
For organizations who do not have much of a program to address opioid and substance abuse, the document called Starting a Prevention Program for Opioid Abuse in Construction is an easy way to get started.