The New York Times published a feature focusing on overdoses that happen on the job. The piece follows the life trajectory of Jimmy Sullivan, a bricklayer from Portland, Oregon, and his journey bouncing from job site to job site. His employers, like many across the U.S. economy, were unable or unwilling to address his heroin addiction. Sullivan has finally received support, by joining his local union. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 217 workers died of an overdose on the job in 2016, a 32 percent increase from the previous year.
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