Construction Hit By Opioid Crisis

Construction Hit By Opioid Crisis

A new report shows the Midwest construction industry being hit hard by the opioid crisis.

A new report shows the Midwest construction industry being hit hard by the opioid crisis.┬áThe nonprofit Midwest Economic Policy Institute found nearly one-thousand construction workers in the region fatally overdosed in 2015, including 92 in Wisconsin. A survey last year by the National Safety Council found 15 percent of construction workers struggle with substance abuse – almost double the national average.

The opioid epidemic is hitting the construction industry in the Midwest harder than most other industries. That’s according to a new report from the nonprofit Midwest Economic Policy Institute. Co-author Jill Manzo notes construction work HERE is seasonal and workers are often paid by the hour.

The report finds 15-percent of construction workers struggle with substance abuse, nearly twice the national average. In 2015, 92 construction workers in Wisconsin died from an opioid overdose.

A report finds the construction industry in the Midwest is being disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic and it’s costing Wisconsin tens of millions of dollars a year. Report co-author Jill Manzo, a researcher with the Midwest Economic Policy Institute, says construction work is particularly vulnerable to the epidemic because of the physical nature of the work.

The report shows nearly one-thousand construction workers in the Midwest died from an opioid overdose in 2015, including 92 in Wisconsin.