The Freeman Report

Opioids & Suicide In The Construction Industry

April 11, 2023 J. Kenneth Freeman
The Freeman Report
Opioids & Suicide In The Construction Industry
Show Notes

 In November of 2022 while attending a conference in the Washington D.C. area I heard a presentation on Opioids and Suicide in the construction industry.  During the presentation Rick Rhinehart of CPWR informed the audience that the #1 industry in the United States for Suicide by opioids was the construction industry.  Having been in the industry for over 40 years I was skeptical but intrigued and approached Rick about coming on The Freeman Report.  He said he would but later felt someone else within his company was an expert.  Ultimately Chris Rodman with CPWR could not be on the podcast but suggested Brendan Loftus.  Brendan not only talks the talk but has walked the walk.  After talking with Brendan I knew he was the right guest to speak on the subject and after you listen I think you will agree.

Whether someone is the construction industry or not, there are signs that someone may be in trouble and we need to be bold enough to act.  To possibly save someone's life.  We not only discuss the signs but also how to get someone help. Many people get hurt on the jobsite and are given legitimate prescriptions for pain but if they are not careful they can become addicted and when the prescription runs out where do they turn to ease the pain? There is a market out there for illegal drugs and now throw fentanyl into the mix and the combination can be deadly.

KF