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Walberg Chairs Hearing Examining Impacts of Opioids in the Workplace

February 16, 2018
Press Release


Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tim Walberg, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, held a joint hearing this week on how the opioid epidemic is affecting workplaces, communities, and the lives of working Americans across the country. 

“Too many Americans – from all walks of life and from all parts of the country – are facing the terrifying realities of opioid abuse, and far too many are dying from opioid misuse and overdose every day,” said Chairman Walberg. “As policymakers, we need these statistics to inform what we do. But it’s most important to remember that every casualty was a person with incredible potential.”

Members heard about the economic impact the opioid problem is having on the economy as a whole, and how businesses large and small are seeing the effects of the epidemic. Witnesses also discussed how employers are adopting policies to address opioids in the workplace, and how to identify and treat employee opioid abuse and misuse within the workplace. 

“We must understand that the federal government must not act as a barrier or tie the hands of employers when it comes to addressing opioid abuse in the workplace,” said Chairman Walberg. “Rather, we should fortify employers’ efforts to help their employees and family members, who are affected by this epidemic.”

Visit walberg.house.gov to watch Walberg’s opening statement and for more details about the hearing.

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