The Impact of Opioids on Manufacturing
The U.S. is in the midst of its third drug crisis in the last 50 years. Drugs are now the leading cause of death for prime working age Americans. The culprit is the opioid crisis; two-thirds of drug overdose deaths in 2016 involved a prescription or illicit opioid. The MAPI Foundation analyzed the intersection of the current drug crisis and manufacturing to understand the risk it poses to the sector’s long-term health. Our findings illustrate the velocity with which the drug crisis has grown in manufacturing-centric counties, what it means for the industry today and in the future, and why manufacturers need to be vigilant and proactive.