TO THE EDITOR:
I worked in Louisville, Ky., for seven years under UAW Local 862. Most opioid use is attributed to the stress of working long hours, usually 11 a day. It breaks your body down leading to back issues, muscle cramps and strains ("The Opioid Crisis: Trouble Down the Line," July 8).
If union leaders would enforce our contracts and make sure ergonomics protocols were followed, such as rotating jobs and allowing extra breaks for strenuous jobs, a lot of injuries would be eliminated. Then no painkillers would be needed.
Everyone's lunchbox is filled with prescription and over-the-counter painkillers.
People appointed to health, safety and ergonomics positions should have related qualifications, such as a nursing degree, and should not just be someone's cousin who received some training over a few beers.
The company has a lot of great safety programs but the union doesn't enforce them. Policies requiring extra breaks during high heat indexes are not followed, which has caused a lot of illness.
ANTHONY HUGHES, Greenwood, Ind.