Building a Stronger Workforce in Missouri

Recovery-friendly workplaces foster a workplace culture that promotes employee safety, health, and well-being through strategies that provide support for managers and employees, including reducing stigma and providing recovery resources relating to the challenges surrounding substance use disorders.

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    March Recovery Friendly Workplace Livestream

    About the Initiative

    Each year addiction costs the United States more than $400 billion in lost workplace productivity (HHS, 2016). 20.3 million Americans are suffering from substance use disorder (SAMHSA, 2018), and 80 percent of individuals who use alcohol or illicit substances are employed and never get the needed help (NIOSH, 2019). Workers with a current substance use disorder miss an average of 14.8 per year, compared to an average of 10.5 days for most employees (CDC, 2019).

    It is estimated that addiction (opioid and substance use disorder) costs Missouri $34.5 million every day, and $12.6 billion in a year (MHA, 2016). Costs associated with overdose deaths accounted for 96 percent of the total economic burden of opioid use disorder. In 2018, more than three Missourians lost their lives to an opioid overdose each day (DHSS, 2018). Missouri’s opioid epidemic impact is multidimensional and multi-generational, affecting people across all demographics.

    States, corporations, and organizations across the country are working together to combat the economic impact of this crisis by supporting employees affected by substance use disorder and on a journey to recovery in the workplace. MU Extension’s Community Health and Labor & Workforce Development programs are currently working at the intersection of substance use disorder and workforce development. This includes specific work to address opioids in the workforce, with a particular focus on how employers can support employees in recovery.

    Benefits of Participation


    We work to increase understanding about substance misuse and behavioral health through evidence-based trainings, resources, and services to meet the emerging needs of businesses and organizations of all sizes and levels of readiness.


    We connect with a network of business and organizations interested in creating healthy and safe work environments where employers, employees, and communities can collaborate to create positive change, eliminate stigma, and support recovery.


    We partner to create opportunities to retain a healthier, more productive, and a more motivated workforce through the delivery of evidence-based health and safety programs and practices.


    We support this initiative by learning more and discovering how your organization can become designated as a Recovery Friendly Workplace.


    This work is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rural Opioids Technical Assistance Grants program [grant opportunity #: 1H79TI083259-01]

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