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BTEA – Building Trades Honor Workers Lost to Opioid Crisis with 150-second Stand Down

May 3, 2019 @ 11:30 am

Join BTEA members, sponsors, and supporters as we conduct a 150 second (2.5 minute) stand down at 11:30 AM on Friday May 3rd, 2019.  We ask that everyone pause work and observe a moment of silence as we reflect about the ongoing opioid epidemic and raise awareness for those struggling with addiction or in recovery.

Visit http://buildingtradesforrecovery.com/event/150-second-stand-down-for-recovery/ for more information.

Job sites will halt for 150 seconds to honor the 150 out of 100,000 construction workers lost to opioid overdoses

Join hundreds of employers and thousands of union members for an industry-wide stand down to raise awareness about substance abuse and recovery.

In Massachusetts, 150 out of every 100,000 construction workers die an opioid-related death.  Construction workers are 6x more likely to suffer an opioid-related death than all other workers.


The first-ever Building Trades for Recovery conference, organized by the Building Trades Employers Association, will come to a close Friday with a 150-second stand down honoring the 150 construction workers, per 100,000, who die from this disease every year.

The stand down will involve 300 construction workers on two job sites at the Lee Kennedy Construction Co. HOOD Plant ProjectContractor Lee Kennedy has taken a leadership role in the fight against the opioid crisis, by committing to carry Narcan on site. The company’s personnel attended trainings during the conference, to ensure its safe use to save lives in the event of an overdose. Conference organizers announced an initiative this week to encourage every job site to carry Narcan.

The weeklong conference included seminars, trainings and speaking programs featuring Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch, former Celtics Player Chris Herren, and Jim Wahlberg, representing the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and Wahl Street Productions.The conference provided essential tools and resources for more than 25 unions, contractors and other organizations, representing the majority of Boston’s construction workforce.

Building Trades Recovery Week helped workers and industry leaders:
·       Increase awareness and understanding
·       Learn to recognize substance use on the job-site

·       Reduce the stigma, and encourage workers to get help

Construction industry workers are 6 times more likely to become addicted or die from Opioid Use Disorders than workers in other industries.


May 3, 2019
11:30 am




Lee Kennedy HOOD Plant Project
480 Rutherford Ave.
Charlestown, MA 02129 United States
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