Working Around the Crisis

Too many applicants failing drug tests means that middle-class factory jobs are going unfilled in places like Youngstown, Ohio.

A federal study estimated that the opioid epidemic cost the economy $78.5 billion in 2013, but experts note that number doesn’t count productivity losses. Beyond opioid abuse, marijuana use eliminates many candidates—and even when states decriminalize the drug, manufacturers can’t run the risk of a positive test when it comes to insurance and liability.

Some companies have begun de-emphasizing experience and existing skills to broaden the hiring pool and relying on outside agencies to pre-screen applicants.

The New York Times


Thanks for the tip, Jess Gill!

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