Our studies examine and observe the widespread impact that prescription opioids have left on the United States, with a specific focus on working-class Americans and veterans. By narrowing our reach to Americans who are forced to handle large amounts of physical labor we have found a strong correlation between these workers getting injured on the job and opioid abuse. Finding that the it is generally attributed to overprescription and unnecessary prescription from physicians. The information was drawn from studies, surveys, dissertations and censuses. Observing these works on injuries/trauma caused by these occupations has yielded important information to the origin of this epidemic. These works can lead to understanding the problems associated with this correlation and further look for potential fixes that can be implemented. Although the number of prescriptions has lowered in recent years the number of prescriptions is still far too high to warrant neglecting this topic.
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Szczepanski, Alex; Maarek, Julien; and Mercaldo, John, "Opioid Abuse as a Result of Work Related Trauma" (2020). Research Days Posters Spring 2020. 87.