Deaths Rise From Unintentional Drug and Alcohol Overdoses in the Workplace

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Deaths from unintentional drug and alcohol overdoses in the workplace rose more than 30 percent in 2016, a new report concludes.

According to The Wall Street Journal, 217 U.S. workers died on the job as a result of an unintentional overdose from the nonmedical use of drugs or alcohol, compared with 165 workers the previous year. The findings come from a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

The Department of Labor will work “with public and private stakeholders to help eradicate the opioid crisis as a deadly and growing workplace issue,” said Loren Sweatt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

How to Use Naloxone to Reverse Opioid Overdose and Save Lives

A variety of drugs and drug combinations carry the risk of fatal overdose. Emergency protocol for any suspected overdose includes calling 911. However, in the case of opioids, which includes heroin and prescription pain medications like Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet, naloxone (also known by the brand name Narcan) can reverse an overdose, potentially saving a loved one’s life.

Naloxone- International Overdose Awareness Day 2017

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