To assist construction companies, contractors, and other employers in addressing the opioid and prescription drug epidemic, it is important to understand the scope of the problem. (Photo: iStock)

“Opioids” was once a medical term to describe drugs associated with pain relief but has since become a part of the every day American vernacular.

High profile celebrity deaths and the sheer volume of opioids being consumed each day have propelled these powerful drugs into the spotlight and caught the attention of the mainstream media.

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