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Painkiller Epidemic Pounds Ohio, and Many Job Seekers Fail Drug Test

on Thursday, 07 June 2012. Posted in Breaking News, Prescription Drugs

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Ohio reports a huge painkiller addiction ravaging the state, and many job seekers in the state cannot pass a drug test. One coal mine claimed that of 100 applicants, only 90 passed the drug test.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer claims that the prescription painkiller problem, fed by pill mills, in Ohio has become the leading cause of accidental death in the state. According to, this epidemic threatens to infect JobsOhio, the workplace initiative out in place by Gov. John Kaish.

State Representative Timothy Derickson said one coal mine owner told him that of the 100 people that showed up for a job interview, 90 of them failed the drug test.

He said, "I was shocked to hear the extent of this problem throughout the state. I didn't hear that 90% figure again. What I heard more often was 40 to 50%."

Nancy Shafer, president of Shafer Commercial and Industrial Services, estimates a third of her job candidates cannot pass the drug test. She said, "I don't know how to fix the problem except to make sure the appropriate agencies have the funds to treat it."

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