According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) there were nearly 70,000 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2020 – a 36% increase over the previous year. Construction workers are at greater risk for overdose, with studies in both Massachusetts and Ohio showing that they were seven times more likely to die of opioid-related overdoses than the average worker.
The following resources contain information about opioid deaths, prevention, and pain management alternatives. The training program below was updated in August 2020 after extensive field testing. A second module will be added later this year. We welcome your feedback on how to make it even more effective.