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 February 23, 2018

The opioid epidemic is paralyzing the workforce. Even with six million open jobs across the country, rampant drug abuse has "incapacitated thousands of working-age people whom employers would otherwise be eager to hire," Lydia DePillis reports for CNN Money.

Research published in September from Princeton economist Alan Krueger found the rise in painkiller prescriptions from 1999 to 2015 led to a 20 percent drop in men’s workforce participation and 25 percent decline in women’s participation, especially in Appalachia, the Rust Belt coastal Washington, northwest Arkansas, and central Maryland.

As a result, "some employers that typically screen drug users out through testing are starting to become less picky," DePillis reports. But "such tolerance is not an option for all employers. Jobs that involve working with children typically bar people with criminal records," she adds. "Construction companies, too, are less likely to take the risk of hiring someone who might come to work high and make a fatal mistake while on a ladder or using heavy equipment."

In its annual economic report, President Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers wrote "curbing the opioid crisis is of critical importance for ensuring a stable or growing employment rate among prime-age workers."


Written by Heather Chapman Posted at 2/23/2018

 

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0 #2 Narcan Sally 2018-02-24 23:33
In Canada they have clinics set up to inject heroin addicts with pharmaceutical grade heroin in a clean and sterile environment. Yes you heard me right. Their reasoning is that it's safer for the addict and helps prevent them from obtaining heroin through illegal means while cutting down on crime. In other words, they gave up with the attitude that "if you can't beat 'em....join 'em.
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0 #1 Opioid Generation 2018-02-23 22:37
The opioid generation would rather get high than work. Why should they? The taxpayers are financing everything possible to keep them high with free needles and Narcan plus caring for their addicted babies. Some states are considering injection sites. How long will it be before we the taxpayers buy their dope.
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