Hammer, nails… Narcan: Construction training aims to ease opioid crisis

HANDS-ON TRAINING: Jill Sypole, second from left, Building Futures health initiatives manager, and Andrew Cortés, third from left, the group’s executive director, stage a training event in Providence on how to administer Narcan to someone who has overdosed.
 / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI
HANDS-ON TRAINING: Jill Sypole, second from left, Building Futures health initiatives manager, and Andrew Cortés, third from left, the group’s executive director, stage a training event in Providence on how to administer Narcan to someone who has overdosed.
 / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI
As an industry, construction has been beset by the national opioid epidemic. In Rhode Island, a report by public-health officials found that about 20% of people who had died between June 2016 and June 2018 had last been employed in construction. That overrepresentation has helped to spur more inward looking and inspired specialized training for…

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