Construction Industry Nailing Down Opioid Addiction Woes

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Opioid abuse can take employers by surprise, in part because addiction can be hard to spot and its impact on health care costs and productivity takes time to surface. But for Suffolk Construction the effects of the opioid epidemic are impossible to ignore.

“Companies that are smaller or in industries without a lot of machinery and tools are the least prepared to deal with [the opioid crisis],” said Tess Benham of the National Safety Council.

The company’s Boston headquarters is next to the so-called Methadone Mile, a stretch of the city known for drug dealing and methadone clinics.

“We see it every day,

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