Massachusetts: Construction Workers 6X More Likely to Die from Opioid Related Deaths

The Boston Herald reports that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has found that individuals with “dangerous” jobs were more likely to die from opioid-related overdoses. The overdoses are linked to prescriptions meant to treat work-related injuries and affect those who are more likely to be work in roofing, painting, pipe laying and carpentry.…

Opioid Prescriptions Increased After DEA Placed Restrictions on Them

The amount of post-surgery opioids in prescriptions actually increased after the DEA placed restrictions on the distribution of the drug, hydrocodone, according to the Washington Times. After the DEA classified hydrocodone as a more restrictive “Schedule II” drug in 2014, researchers from the Department of Surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor found that…