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NYU: Construction Trade and Extraction Workers at High Risk for Drug Use

A report coauthored by Dr. Danielle Ompad, associate professor of epidemiology, and Dr. Robyn Gershon, clinical professor of epidemiology with New York University College of Global Public Health, along with colleagues from the Center for Drug Use and human immunodeficiency virus/hepatitis C virus (HIV/HCV) Research, was published by Drug and Alcohol Dependence titled “Construction trade and extraction workers: A population at high risk for drug use in the United States, 2005–2014.” 

This report aims to estimate the prevalence of past-month marijuana, cocaine, and nonmedical prescription opioid use and determine employment-related correlates of drug use among construction trade and extraction workers (CTEW).

The results found that CTEW are a high-risk population for drug use. Precarious employment is associated with higher prevalence of drug use, while some workplace drug policies were associated with lower prevalence. Coupled with reports of high overdose mortality among CTEW, these findings suggest that prevention and harm reduction programming is needed to prevent drug-related morbidity and mortality among CTEW.

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