Unemployment & Opioids in MO & Kansas

The Missouri Hospital Association (MHA) represents and advocates for 145 Mo hospitals and aoffers contiuing education programs on current health topics.

The following information is from MHA, KHA and FEC:

UNEMPLOYMENT AND OPIOIDS, AN UNEXPECTED CONNECTION

FACT: In Missouri, the top-five risk associated counties in order were Iron, St. Francois, Phelps, St. Louis City and Dent.

“We must make families — parents, children, and adults in general — aware of the
employment and safety challenges that opioid and other drug use poses for workplace
safety and their personal economic security,” said Clyde McQueen, President/CEO of the
Full Employment Council in Kansas City, Mo. “Vigorous education campaigns, prevention
and treatment approaches must be accelerated to ensure our country isn’t advertently
sidelined by the adverse social and economic crisis created through opioid addiction.”

According to McQueen, drug abuse as a whole and the opioid crisis in particular, poses a
crisis for employers as they work to educate, train and recruit today’s workers and the
future workforce.

The research was released to help inform investment and policymaking related to both the
opioid crisis and existing workforce challenges.

Policy Brief: “Overdose Deaths, Hospital Visits and Unfilled Jobs: The Opioid Crisis in Missouri and Kansas”

 Click here for more info on the research.