Recent research is indicating the state’s high use of opioids is reduced the labor pool. Business owners and hiring managers, in Southeastern Kentucky in particular, say the drug crisis has affected their workforce, causing higher turnover, bringing additional costs to train new employees and fueling employee thefts. The estimated impact is greatest among men who have a high-school education or less. The research suggests that “poor labor market outcomes are highly correlated with prescription opioid availability. The estimates covered the whole country, but hold particular significance for Eastern Kentucky, which has counties with some of the highest opioid prescribing rates in the nation and a relatively low percentage of people in the workforce.