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Drug Overdose in the Workplace

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"According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2018 “Unintentional overdoses due to nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol while at work increased 12 percent from 272 to 305. This is the sixth consecutive annual increase.” Reference: Please see the information in the NIOSH email chain below, forwarded by OSHA Region 3 Compliance Assistance Specialist Isabel DeOliveira. The CDC’s infographic can be copied for safety newsletter articles and electronic messaging.

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NIOSH Science Blog

"Recent data show that drug overdoses at work are increasing. Opioids, including heroin and prescription drugs, and illicitly manufactured fentanyl accounted for 44% of the drug overdose deaths at work between 2011 and 2016. In Massachusetts, unintentional drug overdoses were the leading cause of workplace death in 2016 and 2017. Read more on the NIOSH Science Blog."

(Shared from VPPPA Region II)

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