Credo Scrambles for Help In Opioid Battle

Credo Scrambles for Help In Opioid Battle

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At the Credo Community Center in Watertown, they're looking for people to fill several jobs.

"It's difficult work. It's very demanding work and one of the things that has been a changer in the addiction field is that when you are dealing with somebody who has an opiate or heroin problem, there is the possibility that person may die," said Jim Scordo, executive director of Credo Community Center.

Credo is looking for counselors, social workers, supervisors. And they're not alone. Scordo says everyone in the addiction business is facing the same problem. The opioid crisis is simply growing too fast.

At The WorkPlace, a career center in Watertown, they're trying to help fill the jobs. But many of the candidates are simply not qualified:

"It's not that people do not want to take these jobs. It's that they need to have a certain skill set and a certain certification," said Cheryl Mayforth, director at The WorkPlace.

Some of the jobs require advanced degrees and licenses. According to Scordo, the jobs that are the most difficult to place are the medical director and registered nurse positions because hospitals pay more money."

Scordo says the medical director's job was only recently filled.

"All of our programs now have a requirement that you have a medical director. We had to recruit a physician to be willing to do that and we were fortunate to get Dr. Pisaniello that came on as our medical director for the medical treatment program," he said.

In all, Credo has at least half a dozen jobs to fill. Find out more about them by clicking here.

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