Construction workers, laborers among most likely to die from drug ODs

6:00 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 Local
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Charles Rollins, left, and his tree trimming crew, from left, Kevin Tingley, Charles Bailey and Jason Boring. Rollins, a recovering drug addict who lost his twin brother to an overdose started a recovery housing non-profit and a tree-trimming business to employ people in recovery. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
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Brad Stokesbury with sisters, Emily Stokesbury left, and Hailee Rouch right. CONTRIBUTED

Not everyone who dies from opioid overdose has a long history of battling addiction.

Emily Stokesbury’s brother, Bradley was a hard worker who hadn’t yet found his dream career. The 20-year-old went to work every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ratliff Metal Spinning, where he worked in shipping and receiving. He lived at home in Riverside, liked to fish, and — like most young people — hung out with his friends on the weekends. 

We acknowledge that this is a critical issue facing our unions and our contractor and end-user partners, and we are being proactive towards addressing the situation,” Owns said in a statement.

NABTU plans to convene a round-table discussion in January to develop effective education and treatment protocols for their members who suffer from this addiction, he said.

Part of addressing the problem needs to involve changes to prescribing guidelines, according to Scott Weidle, founder of in honor of his son who died of a heroin overdose in 2015.

Daniel Weidle, 30, of Germantown, worked as a construction laborer. He’d been through several treatment programs and had found success with taking Vivitrol, a monthly injection that blocks the receptors that make addicts crave opioids.

But when the health care provider went out of business, he lost access to that treatment and relapsed, according to his father.

Scott Weidle drafted Daniel’s Law, now House Bill 167, which would codify Governor John Kasich’s order limiting the amount of opioids a primary care doctor can prescribe.

“If the construction industry has the highest rate (of overdose death)… they didn’t get hurt and go to the street corner for their broken rib,” Scott Weidle said. “They went to their doctor.”

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