The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) said on-the-job injuries are now being linked to a high-percentage of drug-related deaths and suicide. This comes from a study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine in July.
The study focused on workers’ compensation data from the PIA Western Alliance state of New Mexico. It looked at 100,806 workers injured in the state from 1994 to 2000. That data includes Social Security earnings and mortality data through 2013 and information from the National Death Index cause-of-death stats.
*** Weekly Industry News was surprised to find that there’s actually a National Death Index. The federal government apparently tracks all deaths. Are you surprised one exists?
The researchers at the NIOSH include Les Boden who a Boston-based professor. He said occupational injuries of women who took more than a week off had a 193% jump in the risk of drug-related deaths category, and a 92% rise in suicide.
For men, a lost-time injury saw a 29% hike in the risk of drug-related deaths and a 72% increase of risk of suicide.
The NIOSH also points out that injured workers have a higher chance of an alcohol-related deaths. That number is there but not statistically significant.
An earlier study showed injured workers have higher rates of opioid use and depression than the average person.
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