Why are certain jobs higher risk for opioid overdose and what can be done about it? - Calling All Readers

Sunday, 05 November 2017, 08:35:53 PM. What do you think might help prevent injuries, addiction and needless deaths for workers?
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- We know that construction workers are especially at risk for opioid overdoses. The jobs are tough. And for years, pain pills were liberally prescribed and often shared on job sites. There's also a work hard/play hard mentality. Other physical or dangerous jobs carry some additional risk. Tree trimming, farming, mining and drilling landscaping, machine and auto-body repair also carry an above-average risk of dying from an opioid overdose. We'd like to hear from people who work in these jobs and employers, too. Read: Ohio Construction workers seven times as likely as other workers to die from opioid overdoses last year Opioid overdose deaths: What other jobs are at risk? What do you think might help prevent injuries, addiction and needless deaths? Will clamping down on opioid prescriptions help? Or will that send more workers seeking illegal drugs for pain? Do workers need better options to prevent and treat pain, even if those options aren't as easy and inexpensive as pills? If you've lost a loved who became addicted after using pain pills for an on-the-job injury, we'd like to hear from you. Could anything have been done differently? Take our short survey below or reach me directly by email at rdissell@plaind.com; at facebook.com/reportsbyrachel; or by calling 216-470-9952. The Plain Dealer won't share your thoughts without you permission. ...Read more
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