Polticians, non-profits to consider impact of addiction for businesses

Businesses in our area are struggling to hire for open positions.

The problem, opioid and other addictions are becoming significant employment issues.

The La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum to address the impact.

Elected officials from Wisconsin as well as non-profit organizations were on hand.

State representative Jill Billings says the approach will continue from many parts of the community.

“We still need more in treatment, especially residental treatment but there was some relief there. We put money into treatment and diversion courts, so that people could rather than just being locked up, they could change their thinking and get back on the right track,” said Wisconsin State Representative Jill Billings.

Later this week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will launch a campaign to provide resources for businesses.

Details about the campaign is available on the campaign’s website, sharingsolutions.us.

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