The home building industry has been deeply affected by the national epidemic of opioid overprescribing, addiction, and fatal overdose. The nature of the construction industry leads many home building workers to rely on opioid pain relievers to get back to work quickly after an injury or accident. This can lead to dependence, misuse, and addiction to prescription painkillers or replacement drugs, such as heroin.
But there are steps supervisors and business owners can take, as outlined in the training materials below, to help prevent misuse of opioids. Prevention of opioid misuse starts before anyone sets foot on the worksite and there are many touchpoints where you can help prevent opioid misuse and addiction among your workers and subcontractors.
Use the four training toolkits below to begin putting your company in its best position to prevent and address opioids on the jobsite with an eye to worker recovery and return to work.