WARREN, Ohio (WKBN/CNN) – A Warren businesswoman is bringing her frustrations with the opioid epidemic to a national audience.
Although there are plenty of openings at Warren Fabricating and Machining, co-owner Regina Mitchell says she’s having trouble hiring because so many applicants are failing drug tests.
Mitchell explained to a CNN reporter how this points to a bigger crisis.
“In our Mahoning Valley, it seems like it’s worse than in other places all over the country. I have a responsibility to provide a safe working environment for my employees. I have a responsibility to my customers to build quality products. So, I need employees who are engaged in their work while they’re here, of sound mind and doing the best possible job that they can, and keeping their fellow co-workers safe at all times,” she said.
Mitchell says four out of ten otherwise qualified applicants for welding, machinist and crane operating jobs are turned away.