Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that found the rate of fatal opioid overdoses from 2011-2015 varied significantly by industry and occupation, with construction workers for instance dying from opioid overdoses at six times the average rate.
The report sought to examine whether work, and specifically work-related injuries, might have contributed to opioid use disorders. Key findings included that workers employed in occupations known to have high rates of work-related injuries had higher rates of fatal opioid overdoses, along with workers in occupations with lower rates of paid sick leave and higher job insecurity. While the majority 77.3% of deaths were males, there were also several occupation groups where females had significantly elevated rates of opioid-related overdose deaths, including healthcare support occupations and food preparation and serving-related occupations.
Find out more (including a link to the free report) by clicking here.