Everyday, 11 people in Canada die of an opioid overdose. Opioid overdose has become a national crisis in Canada, and this crisis continues to impact the entire country. Between January 2016 and September 2018, more than 10,300 Canadians lost their lives to opioid-related overdoses, with this number only continuing to rise as the months go on. It’s crucial that we are educated on the symptoms of opioid use, the way that opioids affect the body, and how we can help prevent any more opioid-related deaths from occurring.
If you don’t think that prioritizing your employees’ mental wellbeing saves your organization time and money, think again. In a study conducted by the CDC, depression was found to cause around 200 million lost workdays a year, costing employers of $17 to $44 billion dollars. If that statistic isn’t staggering enough, another study shows that happy employees increase their productivity by 12-20 percent over unhappy employees.