Ohio finds it tough to fill vacant job positions due to rampant opioid addiction

06-08-2018 Posted in Addiction

The opioid epidemic in the United States is not only affecting the mental health of the people, but also taking a heavy toll on the country’s economy. According to business leaders, many positions in various department are vacant or suffering, as workers are caught in addiction. Ohio is one of the states where the situation is grim. In spite of measures taken by the Trump administration, the manufacturing industry in the state has recorded a stunted growth primarily because of opioid use disorder (OUD). Ohio businesses are turning away job applicants due to their addiction.

“In Ohio alone, they have about 20,000 available jobs in manufacturing. In Dayton, where I’m from, we have about 4,000 jobs available today in manufacturing that we can’t fill. We can’t get people to pass a drug test,” said Steve Staub, who runs Staub Manufacturing Solutions in Ohio and recently attended the State of the Union address as a special guest to President Donald Trump.

The U.S. has been fighting an “unending” battle against the opioid crisis. According to a recent analysis, the opioid crisis has cost the country more than $1 trillion from 2001 to 2017, and is expected to squeeze out from the economic system an additional $500 billion by 2020. Shockingly, the annual cost of the epidemic jumped by 300 percent from more than $29 billion in 2001 to about $115 billion in 2017. Every stakeholder in the system – from individuals and private sector to federal and state governments – bearing the cost of the crisis in the form of lost productivity and tax revenue, additional spending on health care, and criminal justice.

Depth of the opioid crisis in US

The epidemic has affected almost all the communities and industries in the country. Official data show that 66 percent of drug overdose deaths involve an opioid. In 2016, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids, including prescription drugs, was five times higher than in 1999. On average, 115 Americans die from an opioid overdose every day in the country.

Experts said that apart from overprescription of painkillers by doctors, the influx of cheap heroin and synthetic opioids like fentanyl has majorly contributed to the opioid crisis in the country. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heroin and fentanyl are most commonly abused opioids. These two drugs are generally consumed in combination with other substances like cocaine or alcohol, which further increases the risk of overdose.

Road to recovery

Surprisingly, the opioid addiction rate is increasing day-by-day despite authorities taking measures to prevent its spread. Ranging from steps like limiting the writing of prescription, and asking doctors to recommend alternative of opioids to patients to introducing devices to track the prescription drug use, the government is leaving no stone unturned to curb the opioid addiction in the country.

It is also the responsibility of individuals to help the government in its efforts. While one should adhere to the prescription, to do the least, he/she should also seek immediate medical help, if experiencing any symptoms of addiction, as treating the afflicted ones can also help in bringing down the rates. If you or a loved one is suffering from an opioid addiction, get in touch with the 24/7 Drug Addiction Helpline. People addicted to drugs should immediately seek help for drug abuse to lead a sober life again. Call at our 24/7 helpline number (866) 403-5607 or chat online to speak to our expert about one of the best inpatient and outpatient drug abuse treatment centers available near you.

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