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Write a humorous limerick on a topic related to occupational health & safety.
A limerick is a humorous verse of 5 lines, in which the 1st, 2nd and 5th lines rhyme with each other, and the 3rd and 4th lines, which are shorter, form a rhymed couplet (A, A, B, B, A). 

Limerick must be submitted to by 5 pm Feb 24, 2017.

The top 5 limericks will be posted to Facebook for public voting (via 'likes') Monday, March 6th through 12pm on Friday, March 10th. The limerick with the most Facebook likes will win a pot' o gold & bragging rights for the year!

Healthier Workforce Center members and their families are not eligible for the prize. 
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5 Steps to Reduce Opioid Use
Balacet. Opana. Kadian.

These are not the names of far-off cities or trending pop singers. Balacet, Opana and Kadian are closer than you’d think. They are names for three commonly prescribed opioids, and contribute to a growing epidemic of prescription opioid abuse in the United States. 

Drug overdoses now kill an average of 46 people each day in the United States, outpacing deaths caused by car accidents. It is estimated that 23% of the U.S. workforce has used prescription drugs non-medically. Workers in the construction industry are at an even higher risk of abusing opioids. A recent study found that opioid utilization is consistently 5-10 percent higher in construction than all other industries. 

The National Safety Council (NSC) reports:
  • Injured workers who are prescribed one opioid have average total claim costs nearly four times greater than workers who were not prescribed opioids.
  • Receiving more than a one-week supply of opioids soon after an injury doubles a worker's risk of disability one year later.
  • State court decisions have found employers and worker's compensation insurers financially responsible when an injured worker who is prescribed painkillers fatally overdoses.
What can you do to protect your team & your business from the opioid epidemic?
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