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MAY 2019

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Resolution 981 in 2018 designated the last full week of July to understand the dangers of prescrip- tion drug abuse. The state had the fourth-highest rate of opioid overdose deaths in the U.S in 2016. The Grassroots The National Association of Home Builders forms committees to look for emerging issues in the res- idential sector and determine which resources, if any, the group could develop to empower its members. A committee on construction liability, risk management and building materials felt the industry has not addressed the opioid epidemic, so it united with a construction safety committee. ţďĝĞĨĞĨĘĚħĩĖĞģġĮĖĨĖěĚĩĮĞĨĨĪĚĞĩšĨĖġĨĤĖŽģĖģ- ĘĞĖġĞĨĨĪĚĖģęĞĩšĨĖħĞĨĠĞĨĨĪĚŤĨĖĮĨÿĖīĞęąĖŻĚ vice president of construction liability for NAHB. "We combined to form a working group made up of members and have been working hard on this for ĨĤĢĚĩĞĢĚģĤĬĩħĮĞģĜĩĤŽĜĪħĚĤĪĩĬĝĖĩĬĤĪġęėĚ best for our members. We [created] an educational campaign, an awareness campaign." Earlier this year at the International Builders' Show, the association introduced "Making It Your Business," an initiative to generate solutions and educational resources that explore intervention points across the spectrum of prevention, treat- ment, recovery and return to work. NAHB teamed up with the Job-Site Safety Institute and Advocates for Human Potential, a health services consultant. "We're not only talking to our members, we're [also] talking to their trades. As you know, in our industry, a lot of work is done by trade contractors ĖģęĨĪėĘĤģĩħĖĘĩĤħĨŤąĖŻĚĨĖĮĨţĀīĚģĩĝĤĪĜĝĩĝĚĮ may not be employees of ours, we want to reach out and help educate them—and have them educate ĩĝĚĞħĚĢĥġĤĮĚĚĨďĝĞĨĖŻĚĘĩĨěĖĢĞġĮĢĚĢėĚħĨĨĤ we want to be a resource for families." A webpage with relevant statistics, fact sheets and the ability to click on any U.S. state to access ĞģěĤħĢĖĩĞĤģěħĤĢġĤĘĖġĥĪėġĞĘĝĚĖġĩĝĤƄĘĞĖġĨĬĞġġ ėĚ ĪĥęĖĩĚę ĥĚħĞĤęĞĘĖġġĮ ąĖŻĚ ģĤĩĚĨ ďĝĚ ĜĤĖġ ĞĨ to provide as much instructional content as pos- sible, using a multimedia strategy so the group can engage construction employers and workers wherever they choose to consume the material. "When you're in the business of treating people, you begin to notice that there are patterns, as far as where people work and where they're coming from, what they do for a living—and what their lifestyle consists of," explains Patrick Gauthier, director of healthcare solutions at Advocates for Human ċĤĩĚģĩĞĖġţĄĩęĤĚĨģšĩĩĖĠĚĮĤĪġĤģĜĩĤŽĜĪħĚĩĝĖĩ ĤĪĩĬĝĚģĮĤĪĬĤħĠĞģĩĝĚĩħĚĖĩĢĚģĩŽĚġęŤ "We can only do so much at the national level," ąĖŻĚĖęęĨţĎĤĬĚšħĚĬĤħĠĞģĜīĚħĮĘġĤĨĚġĮĬĞĩĝ our state and local associations to try and push information down to the grassroots and have them ĚŻĚĘĩĞīĚĖġĩĚħģĖĩĞīĚĨďĝĚĘĖħęġĞĨĩĨĦĪĚĨĩĞĤģĨĩĤ ask doctors, dentists and pharmacists. "We've distributed those too," McCall notes. "[It's] an opportunity to start a conversation with a medical provider about alternative methods. That's ĖģĚŻĚĘĩĞīĚĢĚĖģĨĩĤĨĩĖħĩĩĝĖĩĘĤģīĚħĨĖĩĞĤģŤ The National Safety Council also provides free, postage-paid, pre-addressed envelopes to aid in the safe disposal of unneeded or expired prescriptions, ensuring they do not fall into other hands. O'Brien received tremendous feedback for his ĚŻĤħĩĨĖģęĨĤĤģĩĤĤĠĖĘĖġġěħĤĢĢĚĢėĚħĨĤěĩĝĚ Pennsylvania statehouse, who wanted to establish a Construction Opioid Awareness Week. House Click on the link for your state below to access resources from local public health ocials. The National Association of Home Builders launched a webpage about opioid addiction in February 2019. SPECIAL REPORT 38 May 2019 QualifiedRemodeler.com

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