Resources to Help Home Builders Address Opioid Abuse Now Available through NAHB

Filed in Labor, Safety and Health by on June 10, 2019 2 Comments

NAHB recently released resources to help residential construction companies address the opioid crisis facing the home building industry. The initiative, “Opioids in the Home Building Industry: Making it Your Business,” provides materials available to anyone in the home building and construction industries.

People who work in construction are significantly more likely to become addicted to opioids, such as prescription painkillers, than other workers in the general population, and are six times more likely to die as a result of overdose. In addition to the health and well-being of the employee, the impact on a business can be significant and includes loss of productivity, health care expenses, absenteeism, turnover and much more.

“Opioid addiction is our nation’s leading public health crisis, and it affects people across all socioeconomic classes, races, genders and jobs, and the home building industry is no exception,” said NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde. “NAHB is pleased to provide resources and possible solutions to this issue affecting so many lives.”

The resources provided by NAHB are the culmination of a yearlong effort between NAHB senior leaders, local home builder association leaders, members, staff and Advocates for Human Potential Inc., who helped develop the materials. The initiative was funded through a generous grant from the Job-Site Safety Institute (JSI).

NAHB is taking an innovative approach to address opioid use and misuse by viewing the problem holistically and creating solutions and educational resources that address intervention points across the spectrum of prevention, treatment, recovery and return-to-work.

The materials are available to NAHB members and non-members alike to help increase the reach of these valuable resources. The resources include:

  • An executive training package, including a webinar and related downloadable materials, that explains why action is needed in the home building industry
  • A supervisor training package on interventions in the workplace that includes a podcast and comprehensive written guidance
  • A supervisor training package on preventing opioid misuse in home building
  • Resources on pain management alternatives to opioids
  • Fact sheets that explain the risks associated with taking opioids, identify nonmedical opioids such as heroin, and identify medical opioids
  • A comprehensive state-by-state guide of resources available locally

NAHB plans to continue this initiative, and update and add to these resources as they are finalized. These tools will complement similar efforts by federal, state and local governments and health care organizations, which can also be found on the NAHB website.

The resources are available at nahb.org/opioids.

For more information about the resources, please contact David Jaffe.

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  1. mark worley says:

    Is this a real crisis? I think not. As a former president of a local HBA that keeps in touch with its members. Just one more thing the media can focus on to take up space. What is the real issue- lack of labor. Stop wasting time on this issue and get to the real issues, less government interference into business and rebuilding our workforce.

    • NAHB Now says:

      Mark, thank you for your comment. We do actually view the opioid issue as tied to lack of labor in the home building industry. We cannot afford to lose workers we already have. And due to the nature of our work, injuries occur that require pain medication, which is the most natural path for addiction to start.

      In researching the issue for more than a year, we found that quite a few HBA EOs are recognizing the impact opioids is having on members. The statistics don’t lie: construction workers are six times more likely to overdose on opiods than those in the general workforce. While there may be some level of sensationalizing in the media, make no mistake, every public health office in the country recognizes the current dire situation posed by opioid abuse.

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