The Opioid Crisis: Waging Battle Against a Deadly, Costly problem By: Randall Krocka, SMOHIT
Opioid addiction continues to negatively impact the entire country, with the construction industry being hit particularly hard. In fact, a 2017 study revealed that construction workers are among the most susceptible to opioid abuse, second only to food service industry employees. Business insurance agent CNA estimates 15.1% of construction workers have used legal or illegal drugs illicitly.
One of the missions of the SMART Members Assistance Program (MAP) is to work with our members by providing information and training on how to avoid addiction, get help, and assist others who face these and other issues. SMART MAP is not a drug testing program; it is brothers helping brothers and sisters helping sisters. It has not only saved jobs, but marriages, relationships and even lives, which is what Unionism is all about. Please visit our website for more information on SMART MAP.
Recently, "Construction Dive" magazine ran a two-part series on the importance of bringing this crisis out in the open, as well as ways in which construction companies can help their employees stay substance-free. For an in-depth examination of this important subject, click here.
CFMA Suicide Prevention Program
"While depression and other mood disorders, like bi-polar disease, is the number one cause for suicides, alcohol and drug abuse is second." - SMART Department of Education
Join the CFMA Milwaukee Chapter for an education seminar that addresses suicide prevention in the construction industry. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “The construction and extraction industries have the second-highest rate of suicide – 53.3 per 100,000 workers.”
This education session will offer construction companies tools and takeaways for evaluating how mental health is addressed in the workplace. Determine company readiness and how you and your employees are equipped to handle a mental health or suicide crisis. CFMA Milwaukee’s program is designed for members of your leadership team and HR departments. We encourage you to attend and start the conversations needed to save lives.
May 8, 2013 ~ 11:30AM - 4:45PM Country Springs Hotel 2810 Golf Rd Pewaukee, WI 53072