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Drug Use Is a Deal-Breaker

One of the most frustrating (and frightening) dilemmas for manufacturers in America today is substance abuse. The problem has reached epidemic proportions, with the number of Americans who admit to ever using an illicit drug rising from 31.3% in 1979 to 48.8% in 2015. Prescription drug use is also rampant and wreaking havoc on workplace productivity. A study on the impact of opioid abuse on missed work found that the leading cause of missed workdays in America over the past year was “pain medication use disorder” (29 days), followed by “illicit drug use disorder (18 days), followed by “marijuana use disorder” and “any substance use disorder” (15 days each).

In this article published by Area Development, GLS Managing Principal Woody Hydrick shares how serious the problem is for business investment in America and steps site selectors are being forced to make when researching suitable locations. It serves as a wake-up call for EDOs and hopefully encourages them to work with local community groups to find solutions to this devastating issue.