Construction workers a key group dying of opioid-related drug overdoses in B.C. (VCH)

Men in the construction trades are one of the key groups of people dying of drug overdoses in B.C., prompting a top health official in Vancouver to suggest policy makers may need to find different ways to tackle the opioid crisis.

Dr. Patricia Daly, the chief medical health officer for Vancouver Coastal Health, was updating Vancouver’s new city council on Tuesday on the latest information about opioids. Statistics have already shown that it is primarily men between the ages of 19 to 55 who are dying of overdoses in B.C.’s current crisis. She noted data have found construction workers may be more likely than other groups to take drugs to deal with pain from workplace injuries.

“People often think it’s homeless people who are dying,” Dr. Daly told council. “This is new to me. And we’re wondering does it mean we have to do new work?”

Frances Bula reports.

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