OPIOID CRISIS:

THE OTHER PANDEMIC

Our Province is in the grips of another pandemic – the high rate of overdose deaths from tainted street drugs. This crisis is disproportionately impacting the construction industry workforce.

Along with COVID-19 our Province is in the grips of another pandemic – the high rate of overdose deaths from tainted street drugs.  This crisis is disproportionately impacting the construction industry workforce.

OPIOID CRISIS:

THE OTHER PANDEMIC

Along with covid 19 our Province is in the grips of another pandemic – the high rate of overdose deaths from tainted street drugs.  This crisis is disproportionately impacting the construction industry workforce.

  • Since 2016 over 19,000 Canadians have died of overdoses related to the toxic street supply of drugs. More than 7,000 of these people have been Ontarians.
  • Opioid-related deaths surged in Ontario after the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020 — the number of confirmed and probable deaths from drug overdose has increased by over 60%.
  • The construction industry workforce is hit harder by this crisis than people employed in any other sector of the economy — 1/3 deaths of employed people in Ontario according to the May 2021 report.
  • Why? Researchers found that construction workers with musculoskeletal disorders are three times more likely than their co-workers to use prescriptions for pain management.
  • Users are at a higher risk of overdosing if they use alone and no one is with them to administer naloxone.
  • The powerful opioid fentanyl is a common street drug now. This is leading to a high rate of overdoses and deaths.
  • Not having the right approaches is costing taxpayers more.

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ODPRN Report on Opioid Deaths

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Toronto, ON M5G 2C2

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595 Bay Street, Suite 1202
Toronto, ON M5G 2C2

Em: info@ontarioconstructionconsortium.org
Ph:
 647-385-8474