Tag: opioids

Opioid epidemic

The EPA, Law Enforcement, and Waste Opioids

The EPA is playing a minor but important role in the federal government’s efforts to control America’s opioid overdose epidemic. In its latest action, the Agency’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR), which implements the EPA’s solid waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), issued a memo to encourage law enforcement […]

Construction Worker

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.

Drug addiction

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.