Work Stops At Construction Sites As Industry Calls Attention To Drug Addiction Among Its Workers

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Massachusetts construction companies and labor unions held work stoppages at project sites across the state on Wednesday as their industry attempts to confront a high rate of fatal opioid overdoses among its ranks.

Robert Petrucelli, CEO of the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts, a trade group that organized brief, opioid-focused talks at some 50 work sites from Boston to Springfield, said the local industry wasn't aware of the extent of the problem until recent studies revealed sobering statistics.

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