Construction Workers Are Among Most Vulnerable to Opioid Abuse

By on November 7, 2017

From EC Mag:  The opioid epidemic is one of the biggest health crises facing the United States, and it has shown no sign of slowing down. The construction industry has been particularly affected by this epidemic, as workers in this field are among the most susceptible to opioid abuse, according to a new report from Bisnow.

A 2015 report from CNA estimated that 15.1 percent of construction workers have engaged in illicit drug use, including both illegal and legal prescription drugs.

“While there is limited data illustrating the incidence of opioid abuse among injured construction workers, analysis of CNA claim data indicates the cost of opioid use is greater in construction than in other industries,” the CNA report states.

Males are twice as likely to abuse illicit drugs than females, and because construction is such a male-dominated workforce, the amount of opioid abuse is bound to be above average. However, other factors contribute to this trend. For one, construction workers often deal with wear and tear on the body that other lines of work don’t experience. This leads doctors to prescribe opioid medication, but that often is the first step toward abuse.

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