FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL HELP WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ISSUES IS NOW AVAILABLE TO ALL IBEW LOCAL 98 MEMBERS AND THEIR IMMEDIATE FAMILY. CONTACT LOCAL 98 SUBSTANCE ABUSE & BEHAVIORAL HEALTH COUNSELOR CHRIS SCHEIBLEIN AT 267 738 5200 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DETAILING THE NEED
The opioid epidemic that is currently ravaging America has not spared IBEW Local 98’s members or their families.
In 2017, NINE MEMBERS of Local 98 tragically lost their lives as a result of opioid abuse. The disease of addiction tears families apart and puts immense strain on personal relationships. Addiction can cause work-related problems, lead to serious health issues and even result in death. In response to this widespread health crisis, the leadership of Our Local 98 has created a multifaceted approach to combat this problem.
ATTACKING THE PROBLEM
Our first response to the opioid crisis was to negotiate with our health care provider to limit the number of opioid-based pain medications to only five per presscription. National research has shown that one in five Americans who are prescribed opioids for pain management become addicted within 10 days of being on the medication.
Our second move was to explore a class-action lawsuit with other unions against the big pharmaceutical companies that manufacture and aggressively market opioids to consumers, all in the name of obscene profits.
Our third course of action was to hire our own Substance Abuse & Behavioral Health Counselor.
INTRODUCING CHRIS SCHEIBLEIN
IBEW Local 98 Business Manager John J. Dougherty played an instrumental role in the hiring of Chris Scheiblein as Local 98’s First Substance Abuse & Behavioral Health Counselor (view embedded video at the top of this page). Chris was hired to help address all mental health and substance abuse questions and concerns, as well as to provide help to those Local 98 members and their immediate family members who are suffering from addiction and/or behavioral health problems.
Since 2006, Chris Scheiblein worked as the Clinical Coordinator at the Allied Trades Assistance Program (ATAP), assisting Philadelphia Building Trades members and their families who were dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues. Chris is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP) and is himself in long-term recovery for more than 15 years. Prior to that, Chris was a member of Local 1 Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers where he worked on prominent Building Trades’ masonry restoration projects, such as Philadelphia City Hall, the Philadelphia Art Museum and the Valley Forge Bell Tower. Chris also spent a short time working in Ironworkers Local #401. Chris grew up in Northeast Philadelphia where he attended Father Judge High School graduating in 1993.
If you or a loved one has any questions or concerns regarding mental health or substance abuse issues, you can reach Chris confidentially by phone (267-738-5200)or via email at email@example.com. Do not hesitate to call.FREE and CONFIDENTIAL HELP Is available.
SOBERING FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Drug overdoses killed 63,632 Americans in 2016. Nearly two-thirds of these deaths (66%) involved a prescription or illicit opioid. Overdose deaths increased in all categories of drugs examined for men and women, people ages 15 and older, all races and ethnicities, and across all levels of urbanization.
Overall drug overdose death rates increased by 21.5 percent.
- The overdose death rate from synthetic opioids (other than methadone) more than doubled, likely driven by illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF).
- The prescription opioid-related overdose death rate increased by 10.6 percent.
- The heroin-related overdose death rate increased by 19.5 percent.
- The cocaine-related overdose death rate increased by 52.4 percent.
- The psychostimulant-related overdose death rate increased by 33.3 percent.
Illicity Manufactured Fentanyl (IMF) is mixed into counterfeit opioid and benzodiazepine pills, heroin, and cocaine, likely contributing to increases in overdoses involving these other substances.
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