Opioids dependency is devastating communities across Rhode Island and is of particular concern in the construction industry, where physical work can lead to injury and prescription opioids can lead to dependency.

Building Futures’ strategy is two-fold. Our training, RI Opioids Crisis: Our Response. Our Recovery, is empowering workers and leaders, in construction and beyond, with information and skills to address the opioids crisis and substance abuse. At the same time, through our Apprenticeship RI initiative, we are partnering with community based employers to register and sponsor new apprenticeship programs for Community Health Workers and Peer Recovery Specialists.

Registered Apprenticeship is critical to both strategies. In building & construction, Registered Apprenticeship provides a ready made training structure for new industry workers and for journeyworkers involved in their training. In service provider agencies, Registered Apprenticeship creates a path for Rhode Island to the gain certified, well-trained workforce we need to address the opioids crisis.

Our Training Strategy

Our training aligns with Governor Raimondo’s Task Force Prevent Overdose RI.

PREVENTION

  • Prevent injury
  • Use safely when prescribed
  • Promote Mental Wellness

TREATMENT

  • Access treatment
  • Gain skills to talk to a co-worker or loved one about getting help

RECOVERY

  • Create a recovery friendly environment
  • Learn substance free coping & relaxation skills

RESCUE

  • Learn rescue ventilation
  • Learn how to access & administer Narcan/Naloxone

RI Opioids Crisis: Our Response. Our Recovery. was developed in partnership with the RI Building & Construction Trades Council and the RI Chapter of Associated General Contractors of America. Together with our partners, the training is reaching leaders, pre-apprentices, apprentices, and skilled workers in construction and beyond.

RI Opioids Crisis: Our Response. Our Recovery. is made possible through the Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training’s Recovery Through Opportunity grant.

The training can be adapted for any audience and any industry or setting and is offered free of charge. To schedule a training or to learn more, contact Jill Sypole, Health Initiatives Manager at Building Futures. Email Jill at jsypole@bfri.org.

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