Construction sites in Connecticut to stop work this week to talk opioid addiction

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Construction sites across Connecticut will stop working this week to focus on opioid addiction among workers.

A study from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health says construction workers are six times more likely to get addicted to opioids than people with other occupations. In Ohio, tree trimmers are more at risk -- they are seven times more likely.

Connecticut's Buildings Trades announced Monday a statewide "safety stand down." This week, dozens of construction sites will stop work so foremen can talk to workers about painkiller addiction.

"The theme of our campaign is that you are not alone and there is help," said John Hawley, of Gilbane Building Company.

The unions say it is putting lives in danger, and not just those who are addicted.

"Deaths on the job site from opioid overdoses are quickly approaching the totals of the other categories alone," said Kyle Zimmer, of Local 478. "That is totally 100% unacceptable."

Construction worker Jay Sabo said he knows the struggle.

"I am living proof that you are not alone, and there is help and hope."

Resources for people who have an opioid addiction
CT LiveLOUD
CT Opioid Hotline:  800-563-4086
National Opioid Hotline:  800-662-HELP
More Info on Construction Workers and Opioids

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