Report identifies occupations with highest number of drug overdose deaths

Construction, healthcare, and extraction top the list

Posted August 31, 2018

A recent NIOSH report revealed construction occupations had the highest proportional mortality ratios (PMR) for drug overdose deaths in general, and for both heroin-related and prescription opioid–related overdose deaths. Construction, healthcare, and extraction (e.g., mining and oil and gas extraction) occupations had the highest PMRs from methadone, natural and semisynthetic opioids, and synthetic opioids.

In its research, NIOSH used mortality data from the National Occupational Mortality Surveillance (NOMS) system to examine unintentional or undetermined drug overdose mortality within 26 occupation groups. The study included data from the 21 U.S. states participating in NOMS from 2007–2012.


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