Opioids Still a Critical Issue for Home Builders at IBS

Filed in Safety by on January 30, 2020 1 Comment

Last year, NAHB created resources to help construction managers and executives address the opioid crisis in 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.

The industry is still facing the acute challenges of a drug crisis while simultaneously grappling with labor shortages. A key focus of the NAHB initiative is to directly address opioid misuse and get workers safely back to work.

One area of focus is dealing with potential overdoses on the jobsite. NAHB encourages builders to buy and receive training on the administering of the NARCAN® (naloxone) Nasal Spray to stop the effects of an opioid overdose.

The PAARI booth at IBS 2020, with information on NARCAN.

Representatives from the Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (PAARI) were active at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) last week giving demonstrations in various meetings on the proper use of NARCAN and answering questions about opioids misuse, as part of PAARI’s recovery-friendly construction site initiative. The pioneering program is intended to save lives, reduce the stigma and provide support and resources for those suffering from substance use disorders.

“We’re so grateful for the opportunity to partner with the construction industry to save lives,” said PAARI on social media.

All told, PAARI said that its representatives trained 155 individuals at IBS 2020 on how to use NARCAN and distributed 107 NARCAN kits to home building professionals.

PAARI was joined at IBS by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in promoting the use of NARCAN on jobsites. ONDCP State, Local and Tribal Affairs Coordinator Tom Murphy spoke to NAHB Immediate Past Chairman Greg Ugalde at the Meeting of the Members.

Murphy explained the administration’s efforts to combat the opioid epidemic and demonstrated a NARCAN pack on stage. Watch his full presentation below.


NAHB has a comprehensive suite of opioid resources for the home building and broader construction industry available at nahb.org/opioids.

For more information about the resources, contact David Jaffe.


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  1. Michael John Good says:

    We as an industry need to do a better job of being good stewards to the employees that make things happen. This includes getting people help if they are using illegal drugs to allow them, and their coworkers, to work in a safe environment. And after they get help, and prove they are ready to safely return to work, welcoming them back into the fold. In addition to developing strict standards to hold people accountable for their actions.

    We, as an industry, are failing in our due diligence to safety when we surrender and admit that we have to treat overdoses at a construction site. We as an industry must stop treating people as an inanimate object that gets the job complete and focus on the safety of all people on site. Because a person impaired on a site is not just a threat to themself. They are a threat to everyone else on the site and the general public as well.

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