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MAY 2019

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ĩĝĚ"**!ĨĖƁĚħĥĝĖħĢĖĘĚĪĩĞĘĖġĨĨĖĞęĩĝĚĮĬĤĪġę not become addictive. "In the past—and this is changing now because of prescription drug monitoring programs and in general a stronger look at opioid prescribing ħĖĩĚĨÉėĪĩĤƁĚģĩĞĢĚĨĥĚĤĥġĚĬĚħĚėĚĞģĜĥħĚĨĘħĞėĚę opioids quite frequently," explains Rachael Cooper, senior program manager of substance use harm prevention at the National Safety Council, a non- ĥħĤŽĩęĚīĤĩĚęĩĤĚġĞĢĞģĖĩĞģĜĥħĚīĚģĩĖėġĚęĚĖĩĝĨ By 2012 more than 259 million opioid prescrip- tions had been written, enough for each American adult to have a bottle of pills, according to the CDC. Construction has the second-highest rate of ĥĖĞģĢĚęĞĘĖĩĞĤģĖģęĤĥĞĤĞęĢĞĨĪĨĚĖƁĚħĩĝĚĚģĩĚħ- tainment, recreation and food business—about 1.3 percent of its workers are thought to be addicted to opioids, nearly twice the rate for all other work- ing adults, according to data from the 2012-2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. "They're looking for relief from these aches and ĥĖĞģĨ Ėģę ĤƁĚģĩĞĢĚĨ ĩĝĚĮ ĩĪħģ ĩĤ Ėģ ĤĥĞĤĞę Ĥě some sort," McCall notes. "The wear and tear on ĩĝĚĞħėĤęĮġĚĖęĨĩĝĚĢĩĤĩħĮĩĤŽģęĖĨĤġĪĩĞĤģĨĤ that they can go [back] to work. Our guys, if they don't work, they [usually] don't get paid." Recognizing Issues ĈĖģĮĘĤģĨĩħĪĘĩĞĤģĬĤħĠĚħĨęĤģĤĩĝĖīĚėĚģĚŽĩĨ such as health insurance, sick days and vacation time because they do not qualify as full-time em- ployees. A number of companies, particularly in the residential sector, contract other businesses to Pennsylvania, a trade group of commercial con- struction businesses. "And the older you get, the harder it is to recover from muscle strains and joint pains." The median age for a construction worker in 2018 was 42.5 years old, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A study by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute last year noted the injury rate for construction is 77 percent higher than the nation- al average for other occupations. In the event a ĬĤħĠĚħĨĪŻĚħĨĖģĞģğĪħĮĤģĩĝĚğĤėĖģĚĢĥġĤĮĚħ ĩĮĥĞĘĖġġĮŽġĚĨĖĬĤħĠĚħĨšĘĤĢĥĚģĨĖĩĞĤģĘġĖĞĢ Ąģ #!"' ĩĬĤ Ğģ ŽīĚ ĬĤħĠĚħĨš ĘĤĢĥĚģĨĖĩĞĤģ claims for prescriptions included an opioid. Because the construction industry has such an elevated risk of injury, its workers have greater exposure to opioids before even taking socioeco- nomic factors into consideration. Health care providers began prescribing opioids regularly in z Management — 5.64% z Business operations — 0.78% z Financial — 0.89% z Computer and mathematical — 1.03% z Architectural and engineering — 1.38% z Life, physical and social science — 0.61% z Community and social services — 0.82% z Legal — 0.48% z Education, training and library — 1.41% z Arts, design, entertainment, sports and media — 2.34% z Health care practitioners and technical — 4.15% z Health care support — 3.13% z Protective service — 1.53% z Food preparation and serving — 7.13% z Building grounds cleaning and maintenance — 4.87% z Personal care and service — 3.18% z Sales — 8.09% z Oce and administrative support — 6.75% z Farming, shing and forestry — 0.87% z CONSTRUCTION 18.82% z Extraction — 1.26% z Installation, maintenance and repair — 5.35% z Production — 8.67% z Transportation and material moving — 10.07% z Military specic — 0.77% Construction occupations had the highest proportional mortality ratios for both heroin-related and prescription opioid-related overdose deaths between 2007 and 2012. Chart does not include nonpaid workers or unknown occupations. Source: CDC (data from the National Occupational Mortality Surveillance system) OPIOID OVERDOSE DEATHS 20072012 IN 2016, TWO IN FIVE WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIMS FOR PRESCRIPTIONS INCLUDED AN OPIOID. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health SPECIAL REPORT 36 May 2019 QualifiedRemodeler.com

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