NIOSH released a new study assessing the impact of overdoses in the workplace. The study, published online in Injury Prevention, describes drug overdose deaths of workers occurring in US workplaces between 2011-2016.
- Nearly half of workplace overdose deaths occurred in three industries: transportation and warehousing, construction, and healthcare and social assistance.
- One-third of workplace overdose deaths occurred in businesses with fewer than 10 employees.
- The largest category of drugs used in workplace overdose deaths were illicit drugs such as cocaine, cannabinoids, and heroin.
- Heroin was the single most frequent drug associated with workplace overdose deaths.
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