In national news:

A Massachusetts official announced that the state’s Department of Public Health is investigating why construction workers die more frequently of opioid overdoses than other workers. According to a Business Insurance report, Letitia Davis, Boston-based director of the Occupational Health Surveillance Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health will look at a link between workers’ compensation and the overdoses. An examination of overdose deaths spanning 2011 to 2015 found that construction and extraction workers accounted for more than 24 percent of all opioid-related deaths among the working population during the study years.

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