Opioids are Everyone’s Responsibility
America is on drugs. We’ve been told since the ‘80s that we need to “Just Say No.” We haven’t listened and by all appearances, it only seems to get worse by the day. People often think this is another state’s issue, neighboring community’s problem or it happens in someone else’s family.
It’s everyone’s problem.
It’s happening in Michigan, and in Lansing … probably just down the street. The issues related to battling addiction, lack of education on the subject and too many overdoses have ruined lives and permeated our society. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that drug overdose deaths continue to increase in the United States.
- In 2017, around 68% of the more than 70,200 drug overdose deaths involved an opioid.
- In 2017, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioids and illegal opioids like heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl) was six times higher than in 1999.
- On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.
Running a business is tough, but if you add this crisis it can feel impossible. A recent report by the National Safety Council provides staggering statistics about prescription drug use and its effects on the workplace. According to their findings, employers surveyed have been affected by employees’ prescription drugs use.
Nearly 40% of employers have experienced employee absenteeism because of prescription drug use and they also say they are using these drugs at work. That type of behavior impacts job performance. This has become an epidemic that is impacting functioning members of society and our workforce.
We are lucky to have local ties to a company that is raising awareness and providing an antidote to opioid overdoses. Emergent BioSolutions, while headquartered in Maryland, has an amazing contingent of professionals that dwell amongst us.
Everyone has a story involving the opioid epidemic. Some end well and others don’t. It will take more time and a lot of commitment from organizations to provide the solution that will benefit the masses. The community, our businesses, its leadership and each individual have a responsibility to be a part of the solution.
If someone in your office is struggling with drug abuse and you are seeking resources, contact the Rise Recovery Center, located 217 N. Sycamore St. in Lansing by calling (517) 708-8688.
Be dynamic in all you do,