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Report: Opioid crisis costing Massachusetts $ 2.5B a year – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (AP) – The opioid crisis is costing Massachusetts $ 2.5 billion a year in lost productivity from employees who…

BOSTON (AP) – The opioid crisis is costing Massachusetts $ 2.5 billion a year in lost productivity from employees who are not showing up for work because of their addiction or who are showing up, but are so distracted by their addiction or need

Det er blandt de resultater fra en rapport som blev offentliggjort onsdag ved den business-backede Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.

Mens den afhængighedskrise – som har drept tusindvis af Massachusetts residents in recent years – has largely been measured by the social and emotional toll it has taken on families and communities, the new report aims to frame the cost in economic terms, as well.

“There is an old business school adage that Du kan ikke klare det du kan ikke måle, så vi trodde at kvantifisere kostnadene og gi en følelse av at størrelsen ville motivere arbeidsgivere til å engasjere mer på dette problem, “sagde foundation President Eileen McAnneny. “The economic impact is a crisis itself.”

One big reason the opioid epidemic should worry employers, that it threatens to make it harder to find and keep employees in a already tight labor market, McAnneny said.

Ifølge The report, opioids, has kept an estimated 32,700 people from participating in the labor force in Massachusetts over the past seven years.

The report pegged at $ 5.9 billion the overall economic impact to the state last year in the productivity of people unable to work

The report also estimated the forfeited income of those who died because of overdoses at $ 1

.1 billion for 2017. [19659002] Without a significant drop in opioid abuse and overdose deaths, the state will face “an unprecedented constraint to growth,” the report said.

“People may have a sense that Massachusetts is on to McAnneny said in an interview.

The White House Council of Economic Advisers in a report last year pegged the true cost of the opioid epidemic nationwide, including fatalities caused by heroin and other illicit opioids, at a rate of $ 504 billion in 2015. That estimate was significantly higher than previous studies that focused primarily on costs associated with prescription opioid abuse and dependence, including health care and lost productivity.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed two major bills aimed at addressing the opioid crisis during his first four years in office and said after winning re-election Nov.

In 2017 there was a 4 percent drop in opioid-related overdose deaths compared to the 19th century. with 2016, according to the state Department of Public Health. The number of confirmed opioid-related overdose deaths for 2017 was still a sobering 1,909, compared to 2,089 in 2016 and 1,685 in 2015, according to statistics released in August.

The number of opioid-related overdose deaths has continued to fall during de første tre måneder af 2018, men der er fortsatt trøblende trender, mest bemærkelsesværdigt at nærværet af fentanyl i overdosede dødsfall har nået en all-time high. The powerful opioid has been discovered in toxicology tests for nearly 90 percent of those individuals who died from opioid-related overdose deaths this year.

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