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CPWR Running Five Studies on How to Prevent Suicide and Reduce Opioid Use in the Workplace

Findings from construction professionals and researchers discuss the impact of various proposed solutions to these ongoing challenges.

In January 2023, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) invited proposals from construction professionals and researchers across the U.S. to tackle the issue of suicide and opioid-related deaths in the construction sector. At the conclusion of the vetting process, the following five studies were selected:

  • Evaluating the Implementation and Effectiveness of New Peer-Support Programs in Two Building Trades Unions. Washington University in St. Louis
  • Examining the development and impact of the International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 1 Member Assistance Education Program. MDB, Inc.
  • Impact of employment laws on construction worker suicide. University of Iowa
  • Reducing opioid overdose deaths through meaningful access to naloxone. Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT) Member Assistance Program
  • Suicide Prevention Practices for Iron Workers. Purdue University

Congratulations to SMOHIT for having their topic selected for further study. The research teams will report their findings in 2024 and CPWR will communicate those findings to the appropriate stakeholders. Take a moment to learn more about these studies.