The opioid epidemic and the remote workplace: 5 steps for employers to take action


Every year, employers in the U.S. lose about $42 billion in economic productivity, according to the National Safety Council. The Council of Economic Advisers, meanwhile, estimates that opioid addiction (including the value of lives lost) has cost the country $696 billion, or 3.4% of GDP. While the number of opioid deaths seemed to be holding steady or declining the past two years, the Covid-19 pandemic has introduced yet another stressor into the lives of America’s workers, and is leading again to increased substance use disorders and opioid deaths, particularly here in Franklin County.

It’s now clear both the opioid and coronavirus pandemics will continue taking a human and business toll, and employers must take action to both protect their employees and avoid those productivity costs.