We’ve partnered with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse to publicize America’s opioid crisis. The problem is having a major impact on labor force participation, knocking almost 1 million people out of the workforce and costing the U.S. economy more than $700 million. This troubling statistic comes from the American Action Forum think tank, which says the loss of prime-age workers (ages 25 to 54) is restricting long-run economic growth, and opioid dependency is a principal reason they're leaving the workforce.
Due to the physical demands of construction work, those of us in the skilled trades are at higher risk of addiction to potentially dangerous pain killers. Read more>