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Date PostedDecember 25, 2018

US Construction Industry Ranks Highest for Drug Overdose Deaths

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While the Australian construction industry battles it’s own depression and drug addiction issues, the US industry is fighting an even greater battle.

Construction workers in the USA have the highest mortality rate out of 26 occupations, for heroin and methadone-related overdose deaths, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

Investigating 57,810 drug overdose deaths in 21 states, researchers found that construction workers had a 1.46 proportional mortality ratio for heroin-related deaths and a 1.34 proportional mortality rate for methadone-related deaths.

In the USA, the construction industry also ranked first (1.25) among all occupations in total drug overdose deaths.

Read more at https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/17689-construction-industry-ranks-highest-for-heroin–methadone-related-overdose-deaths-cdc

Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning and web strategy firm based in George St Brisbane. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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