Tag: drug overdose

NSC Launches Workplace Overdose Program

The National Safety Council (NSC) has launched a new workplace safety program, Respond Ready Workplace, to help employers combat the rise in workplace drug overdoses, the organization announced September 18. Deaths on the job from drug overdoses have increased 536% since 2011, according to the NSC’s Injury Facts page about overdose deaths. Unintentional workplace overdose […]

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NIOSH Video Addresses Fentanyl Hazards for First Responders

At the beginning of a video released by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a police officer is exposed to fentanyl and experiences symptoms of an overdose. The video serves to highlight the risks to first responders who may be exposed to fentanyl on the job, along with recommendations to stay safe […]

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CDC: Construction Has Highest Rate of Drug Overdose Deaths

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study that examined unintentional or undetermined overdose deaths in 26 occupation groups found that construction occupations had the highest proportional mortality rates (PMRs) of deaths from both heroin and prescription opioids.

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NIOSH Steps Up the Fight Against Opioid Misuse

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 95% of drug overdose deaths that occurred in 2016 were among the working age population, persons aged 15–64 years.