Construction Workers at Risk for Opioid Addiction

A report finds the construction industry in the Midwest is being disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic. Report co-author Jill Manzo (MAN-zoe), a researcher with the Midwest Economic Policy Institute, says construction work is particularly vulnerable because of the physical nature of the work.

Construction work is very physically-demanding and the injury rate is 77-percent higher than the national average for other occupations.

If someone you know is struggling with opioid addiction, there is help available. SAMHSA, or the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, can help guide you to treatment. SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357),(also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information. For more information call the number above, or click here.