Our nation’s opioid and heroin crisis has been labeled a “public health emergency.” A recent Forbes magazine article discusses the impact of this epidemic on the American workforce and the economy at large. According to the article, “Even as employers across industries face skilled labor shortages, a growing number of working age men and women are disappearing from the workforce.” Franklin County is a microcosm of the national epidemic. As president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp., I have daily interaction with local employers and as job openings continue to increase, it would seem logical to think that anyone in need of a job could have one, however that is not the case. The most common reason given by employers as to why they cannot fill job openings is that as many as 25 percent of all applicants are unable to successfully pass drug screenings.

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