The Cost of Opioid Abuse on Business and the US Military

Veterans and Opioid Abuse

Opioid abuse among veterans is widespread. It is dangerous how widespread these narcotics have become among American veterans. The drugs for the veteran may be a release from the pain you experienced at war. If you contact us, we can help you. Why not pick up the phone now?

The Reality of Opioid Overdose Death Amid US Military

On September 28, 2013, the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed prescriptions for certain opioids such as oxycodone and methadone skyrocketed 270 percent in the past 12 years. The death rate from these opioids is double the national average. More than 50 percent of the US veteran population has chronic pain with post-traumatic stress disorder contributing to that. 2 out of 10 veterans struggling with PTSD also suffer from a substance addiction.

From 2001 to 2013, 2.5 times as many folks passed away because of opioid abuse. But with these harrowing statistics, what can you, the veteran, do to help yourself? We might be able to point you in the right direction.

Where to Turn if The VA Cannot be Trusted

If the US Veterans Affairs Department cannot be relied on to help you, where can you turn? There are thousands of substance abuse counselors and addiction treatment centers willing to help you. Some are free while most accept private insurance or cash pay.

In the long run, substance abuse costs individuals and companies a lot of money. In fact, it costs companies $81 billion per year since most drug users are employed. This is according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc. (NCADD). About 70% of the 15 million addicts are employed. Their addiction can cause a myriad of problems at work resulting in lost revenue and other damages due to missed work days, financial problems, poor concentration, missed deadline, accidents, etc.

Finding the right substance abuse treatment plan can be difficult. The best companies to work for have strong insurance benefits for their employees and family members. They understand the importance of assisting their employees and family members during difficult times.

The video below takes a controversial angle at what causes addiction. It’s worth a watch.

Google Makes Redesigns Their Pay Per Click Platform

If we’ve learned anything from Google at all over the years is that it’s constantly evolving. This ever changing environment presents both challenges and opportunities to small business owners. If you’re on the forefront of technology you could benefit. If not, it could be detrimental to your ROI.

The most recent change Google made to their paid search platform is they removed all the ads that appear on the right hand side. For some businesses, their telephone has stopped ringing practically overnight. Their web inquiries have dried up since they lost their positioning and were relegated from the coveted front page of Google to obscurity (page 2) where nothing happens.

Pay-per-click costs skyrocketed overnight and still continue to go up. For some, this has been bad news. For those who can afford to play this game it means they now have less competition to worry about. Which means higher ROI. And, for Google it means more profits.

But, what about those business owners who could barely keep up to begin with who can no longer afford to compete?

One solution is to ramp up their SEO efforts and increase their digital footprint by following Google’s search engine optimization tips. In all honesty, this sounds great but since we’re talking about most typical business owners who are not digital marketing specialists this is hardly encouraging news.

Most business owners will end up doing nothing on their own. Some will try to learn the craft will little results. And some, will make things even worse by trying to game Google because they followed the advice of some ‘internet marketing guru’ and could end up having their websites penalized or completely de-listed. Oh, how could I forget those business owners who will hire an overseas SEO firm and for a mere few hundred dollars expect great returns. We know how this story ends.

When it comes to effective and safe search engine optimization, Detroit SEO company recommends that you first take a look at your website. Is it search engine friendly? Is it relevant? Is it up to date?

Next, check your social media presence. Are you regularly posting to your Facebook and Twitter account? Every legitimate business should. If you aren’t maybe you’re sending the wrong message to Google.

Make sure you appear in the right business categories and more importantly your local business directories. Your contact information should match across all these categories. This should be enough to get you started.

Check out the video below for more information.