New Insights Into the Opioid Crisis and Work: Important Information for Workers and Employees

NIOSH Total Worker Health webinar series

Tuesday Nov 6, 2018 01:00 pm EST
United States

This special presentation of the NIOSH Total Worker Health Webinar Series focuses on new research at the important intersection of work and the nation’s opioid crisis.

Tou will hear from national experts: Chris Cain, CIH, of The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), Letitia Davis, ScD, EdM of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and Sara Luckhaupt, MD, MPH, of the NIOSH Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies. The presenters will share their latest insights related to the risks of opioid use, misuse, and overdose in worker populations. This webinar presentation will explore critical insights into potential work-related antecedents and risks factors for opioid misuse, the latest data on opioid overdose by industry and occupation, and primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention methods and interventions. The presentation will also provide an introduction to the NIOSH Response to the Opioid Crisis framework, helping to address the challenges facing our nation’s workers and workplaces related to opioids.

Chris Cain, CIH is the director of safety and health for North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU), the umbrella organization comprised of 14 national and international unions collectively representing over 3 million workers. Chris was appointed Chair of the NABTU Opioid Task Force upon its inception in 2018. She is also CPWR’s Executive Director and leads its construction research, training, and service programs. She has been working in construction safety and health on for over 20 years. Letitia Davis, ScD, EdM is a Senior Scientist in the Occupational Health Surveillance Program in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health where she has worked for over 35 years to develop and implement state based surveillance systems for work-related illnesses and injuries. A key aspect of her work has been the translation of surveillance to practice to improve the health of working people in Massachusetts.

Sara Luckhaupt, MD, MPH, is a supervisory medical epidemiologist in the Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies at NIOSH and a Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Her duties have included serving as the project officer for occupational health supplements to the 2010 and 2015 administrations of the National Health Interview Survey and a project to develop a workforce musculoskeletal pain surveillance tool.

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