The president of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce says opioid abuse is taking a toll on the state’s economic growth and development.
David Adkisson says many people looking for work can’t pass a drug test, and many of those who do have jobs are leaving the workforce because of untreated or under-treated addictions. That has contributed to a low workforce participation rate, according to Adkisson.
"If we were simply at the national average, there would be 165,000 more workers in the Kentucky economy than there are today," stated Adkisson. "Opioid addiction is one of the contributing factors to that, but it's a significant factor."