Opioid Painkillers

Opioids are potent painkiller medications prescribed to ease many types of pain, the flu, or a cough. Opioids are extremely dangerous and can be lethal, especially when not taken as prescribed. It's easy to get hooked on opioids. For every person prescribed opioids for chronic pain, one in four will become addicted. Accidental addiction to opioids is common; tens of thousands die from accidental overdose.

Inform your doctor if you work in construction, where opioid use can be a safety hazard. If opioid medications are necessary, ask for a short-term prescription. Also ask about alternative, non-opioid pain medications, and therapies such as acupuncture, physical therapy, therapeutic massage and counseling. Avoid mixing opioids with sleeping pills, anti-anxiety medications, and alcohol. Let your doctor know if you have a history of addiction problems, and what other medications you take. If you take opioids, take them safely.

If you or someone you know has a problem with opioid abuse, help is available. Call the Bricklayers’ Member Assistance Program (MAP) to confidentially speak to a licensed mental health professional. Call toll-free at 1-888-880-8222

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