On April 11th The BC Tradeswomen Society presented a webinar in partnership with the Tailgate Toolkit Project. Tailgate Toolkit’s About page describes their project:
The presentation included resources, statistics and inclusive language that reduces the stigma around substance use.
One of the statistics that stood out the most for me was that over 50% of people employed at the time of death due to drug poisoning are members of the construction, trade or transport industry and that 8/10 people who die due to drug poisoning are men.
One of the important things I learned was that since Substance Use Disorder is recognized as a medical condition, if you come to your employer with the need to pursue recovery they have an obligation to work with you to reasonably accommodate your needs. Often your company or union may already have a program in place to help you enter into recovery, contact them to find out what resources they can provide for yourself or your co-workers.
Tailgate Toolkit and Umbrella have created a weekly social support group called Hammer Time and the information is listed below:
If you would like to look over Tailgate Toolkit’s resources or organize a presentation for you organization check them out https://thetailgatetoolkit.ca/
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