Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has introduced a bill he hopes will help curb the opioid crisis by helping recovering addicts find jobs.
Majority Leader McConnell said the opioid epidemic is not just a health issue but it’s also an economic issue.
A recent study showed opioid addiction is keeping nearly one million people out of the workforce.
That’s why Sen. McConnell has introduced the CAREER Act, a bill that would help connect recovering addicts with employers who need qualified people.
It would create a five-year pilot program in some of the states hit hardest by the crisis, like Kentucky.
Sen. McConnell said he wants to give hope and support to people looking for a fresh start.
Under the bill, states would have more flexibility to use federal money for career services and training, in order to help people transitioning from addiction treatment to the workforce.
The CAREER Act would also help people in recovery find stable housing until they can find a long-term place to live.
(This story was originally published May 17, 2018)