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Building Trades Recovery Week A Success!

 

When we initially came up with the idea to host a first-ever Building Trades Recovery Week, we knew we were doing something historic — taking on a crisis that many have shied away from and few industries have addressed publicly. But we knew we had to step forward.

We must shine a light on this epidemic, which disproportionately affects the construction industry.  Our workers are six times more likely to die from opioid overdose than any others in Massachusetts; 150 workers per 100,000 die from overdoses annually.

It’s important to let our peers know that it’s OK to ask for help. Addiction can happen to anyone — any worker, any family, and on any worksite. Construction is one of the most dangerous jobs, and many are prescribed prescription painkillers to cope with injury and everyday wear and tear. Many are prescribed opiate painkillers and due to the addictive nature of the medication, many find themselves struggling to cease usage after the injury subsides.

Addiction can leave a person feeling ashamed and helpless. So it’s crucial to show those workers that there are great lives — and careers — ahead of them once they get treatment.

We were overwhelmed with the positive response that Recovery Week received from across the industry. Sponsors from more than 12 New England contractor associations and 13 trades came together in solidarity with their workers. Together we worked to increase awareness and understanding of substance use and abuse, educate participants on how to recognize substance use on the job-site, reduce the stigma surrounding the opioid crisis and encourage workers to seek help when needed.

Forward-thinking contractors such as Karas & Karas Glass, Lee Kennedy Co, McCusker Gill, and Worcester Air Conditioning have committed to solutions – such as keeping Narcan on hand, in their fabrication shops and on all their jobsites to save lives in the event of an overdose.

The conference featured a number of inspiring speakers, including Congressman Stephen Lynch, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Charlestown Rep. Daniel Ryan, former Celtics player Chris Herren, BTEA’s Director of Labor Relations, Thomas S. Gunning, Harvard/MGH’s Dr. Gregory Acampora, John MaGahan of the Gavin Foundation, Frank Callahan of the MBTC, President & CEO of Modern Assistance Programs John Christian, and many more — all who offered a unique perspective on the subject of opioids and substance use.

The week culminated in a 150-second job site stand down to honor the 150 opioid-related deaths per 100,000 workers in Massachusetts annually. At two large worksites: M Block in the Seaport District and Lee Kennedy’s HOOD plant project in Charlestown, hundreds of workers and contractors came together, supported by Mayor Martin J. Walsh and other allies.

The media response was incredible. From the Boston Globe and Boston Herald, to public radio, to every local TV station in Boston, our message of hope–and real solutions–came through loud and clear.

The impact on workers’ lives was immediate. We couldn’t have imagined how many people we would touch and how quickly brave workers would step forward to acknowledge they have a problem and ask for help. For us, that is the true measure of success and we thank them.

We want to thank our sponsors and allies for helping to bring this conference to fruition.

By shining a spotlight on the opioid crisis, we are already changing, and saving, lives and we hope when we’re standing here next year during Recovery Week, we can say we made a real difference and gave someone a new beginning.

BTEA Recovery Week Media Round Up

 

150 Second Stand Down for Recovery at 11:30 AM

Join hundreds of employers and thousands of union members for an industry-wide stand down to raise awareness about substance abuse and recovery.

In Massachusetts, 150 out of every 100,000 construction workers die an opioid-related death.  Construction workers are 6x more likely to suffer an opioid-related death than all other workers.

Join our members, sponsors, and supporters as we conduct a 150 second (2.5 minute) stand down at 11:30 AM on Friday May 3rd, 2019.  We ask that everyone pause work and observe a moment of silence as we reflect about the ongoing opioid epidemic and raise awareness for those struggling with addiction or in recovery.

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Recovery on a Local and National Level

Join BTEA for a reception to help close out Building Trades Recovery Week. Featuring a distinguished group of speakers as they discuss various initiatives both locally and nationally that they are using to address substance abuse issues.

Speaker Panel

  • Congressman Stephen F. Lynch – U.S. House of Representatives
  • John McGahan – The Gavin Foundation
  • Jim Wahlberg – Mark Wahlberg’s Youth Foundation and Wahl St. Productions
  • Timothy Irving – OSHA/USDOL

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NARCAN Training with the Boston Public Health Commission

The Boston Public Health Commission, the country’s oldest health department, is an independent public agency providing a wide range of health services and programs. It is governed by a seven-member board of health appointed by the Mayor of Boston.

They will present a Narcan training educating attendees on overdose prevention. The training includes:

  • Background information surrounding the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts and Boston
  • Factors that increase an individual’s risk for overdose
  • How to identify the signs and symptoms of overdose
  • The protocol for responding to an overdose (including the Good Samaritan Law and administering nasal naloxone)
  • How to access and obtain naloxone (Narcan)
  • Referral to services for risk reduction and access to treatment

NARCAN Training with the Boston Public Health Commission

The Boston Public Health Commission, the country’s oldest health department, is an independent public agency providing a wide range of health services and programs. It is governed by a seven-member board of health appointed by the Mayor of Boston.

They will present a Narcan training educating attendees on overdose prevention. The training includes:

  • Background information surrounding the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts and Boston
  • Factors that increase an individual’s risk for overdose
  • How to identify the signs and symptoms of overdose
  • The protocol for responding to an overdose (including the Good Samaritan Law and administering nasal naloxone)
  • How to access and obtain naloxone (Narcan)
  • Referral to services for risk reduction and access to treatment

Labor Management Panel on Substance Abuse and Recovery

The Labor Management Panel will present some ongoing best practices across the industry about how to proactively manage and support individuals in recovery.  Come learn how BTEA Member, Dave Argus of Karas & Karas Glass and Shawn Nehiley of Ironworkers Local #7 help those in recovery get back on their feet and get back to work while staying sober. In addition, Jim Morgan, President of Worcester Air will discuss the benefits of utilizing a drug testing program and what he does as an employer to keep track of his employee’s health, and how it has benefited his company and his industry.

Please join us to learn effective tools labor and management are using to help during this epidemic.

Webinar – High Times: Navigating a Drug Free Workplace in the Age of Recreational Marijuana

During this one-hour webinar, Attorney Philip Siegel of Hendricks, Phillips, Salzman, & Siegel P.C. will provide a broad overview of the various medical marijuana use laws around the country with a focus on recent changes in Massachusetts.  We will discuss the various protections such medical marijuana use laws may provide to employees, and we will provide a roadmap on how to navigate through the difficult issues which arise with an employee using medical marijuana.  We will discuss what an employer can and cannot do without running afoul of the Americans with Disability Act or state disability discrimination laws when it learns an employee is a registered medical marijuana user.  Lastly, we will spend some time discussing how some post-accident drug testing policies may be in violation of OSHA’s anti-retaliation rule, which went into effect last year.

 

Please register directly through this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2418682986060227596

Employer Opioid Survey w/ National Safety Council

The National Safety Council (NSC) is a leading voice advocating for safety in the workplace.  Join NSC as they present their new comprehensive employer survey on opioids. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their own experiences in the construction industry as it relates to the national trends presented.

More than 100 people die every day from opioid overdoses, and 75% of employers say their workplaces have been impacted by opioid use, according to a National Safety Council poll. Only 17% of employers feel well-prepared to deal with the issue.

  • 38% have experienced absenteeism or impaired worker performance
  • 31% have had an overdose, arrest, near-miss or injury because of employee opioid use

For the first time in U.S. history, a person is more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than from a motor vehicle crash, according to NSC calculations. In fact, workplace overdose deaths involving drugs or alcohol have increased by at least 25% for five consecutive years. Come learn about this ongoing issue.