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BTEA Northeast to Hold Building Trades National Recovery Week

Boston – The Building Trades Employers’ Association (BTEA) Northeast’s 2022 Building Trades National Recovery Week will take place on April 25-29.

The mission of National Building Trades Recovery Week is to curtail substance use disorder (SUD) and the drug overdose crisis in the construction industry. It aims to break the stigma of addiction, educate the industry about viable recovery options and prevent increased fatalities.

An in-person ceremony will be held on April 25 in Boston. From April 26-28, BTEA Northeast will host live webinars featuring nationally recognized experts to educate, train and identify resources for both labor and management to make workplaces and job sites safer. On April, 29, a National Job Site Stand Down will honor the lives lost to SUD. Workers will stand down at jobsites to honor the 229 overdose deaths for every 100,000 building trades industry workers.

“The construction industry is disproportionately impacted by the drug crisis,” says Thomas S. Gunning, executive director of BTEA Northeast. “We are in the middle of a mental health crisis and it’s time we talk about it.”