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Ali Safawi

Ali Safawi was an intern with Workit Health from May to August 2018. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

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Why Construction Workers Are at Higher Risk for Opioid Addiction, and What to Do About It

A recent study in Massachusetts illuminated what occupations carry a greater risk for opioid dependence and overdose death. Construction workers, fishers, farmers, material movers, repairmen, transportation workers, food service workers and healthcare support workers in Massachusetts all had significantly higher rates of opioid overdose deaths compared to the average.

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Opioids, Explained

Opioids are a class of medication that work on the body’s opioid receptors. Opioids have many uses, including as cough suppressants, sedatives for surgery and as addiction treatment. All opioids also have painkiller properties.

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Suboxone vs. Vivitrol: Which Is Better?

There are safe, effective medications to help people kick opioid addiction to the curb. We offer two of these medications: Suboxone (buprenorphine) and Vivitrol (naltrexone extended release as a shot). Which is better? That depends on your own needs in opioid addiction recovery.

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