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NECA Joins Alliance of Construction Associations to Encourage Naloxone Access at Construction Jobsites Across America

Mar 28, 2024

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), the leading voice for the electrical construction industry, was invited by the White House to participate in a stakeholder call on Wednesday, March 27th, 2024, regarding the Challenge to bring Naloxone medication to jobsites across America.  NECA commends the administration for its proactive initiative in the battle against the opioid crisis through the introduction of the White House Challenge to Save Lives from Overdose.

NECA’s Executive Director of Safety Wes Wheeler was present on the call and made this statement following the White House meeting:

“Together as an Alliance of Construction Associations, the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA), The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC), and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), collectively, we represent over 10,000 signatory contractors, providing employment for hundreds of thousands of skilled trade workers across the United States.
Our Safety Alliance between these Associations remains dedicated to advancing the education and training of these skilled trade workers nationwide on the proper utilization of naloxone and its life-saving benefits.
By forming a working alliance amongst like-minded organizations with a keen focus on collaboration with our union partners, we have successfully trained thousands of workers on crucial topics such as opioid misuse, addiction, overdose prevention, and the implementation of Opioid Overdose Risk Mitigation (OORM) strategies, including the distribution of a limited quantity of naloxone kits on jobsites across America. We know this initiative has saved countless lives.

We wholeheartedly endorse the integration of naloxone into all construction sites and urge employers to make naloxone kits readily available to their workforce. We fully support the administration’s initiative to ensure the accessibility of naloxone kits for all workers.”

For more information on how to participate in this initiative or to access resources related to Naloxone training and opioid addiction support, please visit the White House Challenge website or contact Wes Wheeler at [email protected].

Together, we can make a difference. Let us rise to this challenge and ensure that every construction site in America is equipped to save lives.