• THE MASSACHUSETTS OPIOID EPIDEMIC - AN ISSUE OF SUBSTANCE

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    November 30, 2018
    A study from the Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation shows that the opioid epidemic is having a significant economic impact on Massachusetts’ businesses:
    •          The cost of lost productivity and wages is over $70 billion since 2000
    •          Opioid use disorder has kept 32,600 people in Massachusetts from participating in the workforce over the last 7 years
    •          143,000 people reported pain reliever misuse, causing an average of 18 more days off of work
    This data further supports what we already know about the toll of the opioid epidemic, and recent data regarding the continuous rise of overdose deaths.
     
    However, there are things that employers can do to help, from reducing stigma to rethinking their benefits package. At the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center, we developed a free, online toolkit to help businesses manage the impact of the epidemic and support their employees. See it here: www.bmc.org/library
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