Massachusetts Health Policy Forum

Opioids in the Workforce

Forum held on November 1, 2018

One million people in this country are not working due to opioid use disorder while 55 percent of people with an opioid addiction are employed. Both factors have a negative impact on the workforce and the workplace and cause lost productivity and increased health care costs. This forum provided analysis on how the opioid epidemic affects employers, employees, and dependents and examined solutions that will lead to prevention and appropriate treatment. 

This work was funded through a grant from RIZE Massachusetts. The issue brief was produced in collaboration with the NIDA funded Brandeis/Harvard Center to Improve System Performance of Substance Use Disorder Treatment and the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative (OPRC).


Issue Brief

Conference Findings