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Opioids Affecting The Workplace And The Economy

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Opioids Affecting The Workplace And The Economy

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http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12487/7396769?cpt=8&wpid=2637 Wed, 08 Aug 2018 23:09:33 +0000 Opioids Affecting The Workplace And The Economy Opioids Affecting The Workplace And The Economy http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12487/7396769?cpt=8&wpid=2637 WEVV the opioid epidemic is hurting more than individuals. local health officials say it's actually hurting the economy. today - deaconess officials invited representatives from more than 90 companies to learn more about how opioids can impact productivity in the workplace. 44news reporter joylyn bukovac was at the presentation and joins us with more. joylyn? amanda and lauren- the presentation at deaconess cross pointe focused on how this crisis has grown - and what companies can do to reduce the affects of opioid abuse within their own companies. "i think everybody has seen someone that has been affected by this. you know about one quarter of our families have someone who is directly- who has the disease of addiction or knows someone who has the disease of addiction so it's pervasive in our society." mental illness and substance abuse can have a big impact on people - all over the world. and the opioid crisis in our area - is still a growing problem - affecting many people you may know - and even work with. "it's your friends, your neighbors, your teachers, your coaches, your support system, your family members. those who are affected by mental illness and substance abuse issues are us." it is becoming such a problem- it's affecting businesses and the economy. "and it really does affect our work force. you know, there's a lot less people now available for work because of this opioid crisis. people are sick, they're addicted, they can't pass drug tests and so it's really affecting our economy." which is why deaconess cross point wanted to teach companies how to spot the signs and symptoms of someone with an opioid abuse disorder. they also addressed implementing policies to protect their workers. those include regular drug testing and treatment for those who test positive- or who admit they have a problem. "you know those things are really expensive for companies. it gets your cost of insurance up when people have to go to treatment. they're missing work, but it's also really expensive to train new employees." they say it's best for company leaders to look for warning signs in other people- so they can get them treatment quicker. "so if you have a behavior change, an appearance change, if somebody looks or smells differently than they usually do, they may be consuming alcohol or they are trying to mask that." next saturday will be race for recovery. this event supports those who are recovering from addictions- and their loved ones. if you would like to register- there will be a link on our website- wevv dot com. joylyn bukovac




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