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New Study Claims Drug Use Is High In The Construction Industry

According to the New York State Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction workers made up 27% of all work-related deaths. This figure is despite the fact that construction workers only make up 5% of the state’s workforce. Overall, New York’s work-related fatality rate is low compared to the national average, but when focused solely on the construction industry, it is higher than the national average. By February of 2019, the construction industry in New York has seen 82 construction accidents and 96 construction injuries. There is conflicting thought as to why construction sites are so dangerous, but a study contends that drug use among construction use is higher than other professions, the Global Construction Review reports. 

A study that was published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence analyzed 10 years of data to show that construction workers are the most likely of all occupations to use cocaine. They also take prescription opioids for non-medical use at a higher rate. 

Danielle Ompad, associate professor of epidemiology at NYU College of Global Public health and the study’s lead author stated, “Construction workers are at an increased risk for drug use, which makes them vulnerable to work-related injuries or even overdose deaths.” 

The study is backed up by recent studies in Ohio and Massachusetts that revealed construction workers were six to seven times more likely to die from an opioid overdose than other workers.  The study analyzed 16,610 construction, extraction, and mining workers and compared those workers to people employed in other occupations. 

Compared to all other professions, the construction workers who participated in the survey had the highest prevalence of misusing prescription opioids. They also had the highest prevalence of cocaine use. They also had the second highest prevalence of marijuana use.

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