WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Opioid drugs have caused many challenges for West Virginia’s workforce. Some employers are forced to fire employees who abuse drugs on the job. Other employers struggle to fill open positions due to failed drug screenings before hiring.
At the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Business Summit Wednesday at The Greenbrier, a room full of employers gathered to hear ideas from officials on how to handle these challenges.
“It’s never easy,” said Dr. Cynthia Persily with Highmark West Virginia. “We get tripped up sometimes even as treatment professionals.”