Local businesses get master class on how to work with employees dealing with opioids

Justin Udo
February 05, 2019 - 8:58 pm
On Tuesday night, local businesses met to discuss resources and solutions they can utilize to fight the opioid crisis.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — On Tuesday night, local businesses met to discuss resources and solutions they can utilize to fight the opioid crisis.

There's no group immune to having to deal with the opioid epidemic, which is why the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia held a meeting to give companies some insight on how to tackle that sensitive subject.

"As a business community, how can we support each other in preparing response strategies for when the opioid epidemic makes its way in to the work place," said Yvette Nunez with the chamber. 

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Nunez says along with helping businesses find resources, they also want to give them some best practices in case they encounter an employee or one of their employees' family members dealing with addiction.

"So that employers can respond in a way that's as compassionate and comprehensive as possible," Nunez added. 

Nunez says they are also working with businesses who are looking to help hire people who are in or coming out of recovery.