Phoenix hotel deals fall off as hotels scramble to stay afloat
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Hotels have been struggling to keep their operations afloat amid the opioid crisis.
But with the number of opioid deaths skyrocketing, some hotels have begun to adjust to the crisis by moving to more rural locations or hiring more seasonal workers.
Phoenix hotel operators said they are scrambling to stay ahead of the rising tide of opioid-related deaths.
“As of right now, there is no way to know if we will have an opioid-free hotel in the next couple of months or years,” said Dan Siegel, owner of the Phoenix Marriott Marquis.
“But I can tell you that right now we are not in that position.
I think that would be a good thing for us to be in.”
He added that hotels are taking steps to make sure they’re not competing with each other for occupancy.
“We have our own safety rules that are being enforced.
We have to make our own arrangements to ensure that we don’t get into that situation,” he said.
The trend has also prompted some hotels to expand their drug-testing policies to include more than just their guests.
“Our guests, we are testing them, we have our protocols,” said Siegel.
“It is a matter of policy for us as hotels to have the same standards as all other hotel guests.”
The problem is not limited to hotels.
Amber Kroll, who runs the National Center for Health Statistics’ national statistics program, said many hospitals and health-care facilities have been forced to adjust and move to remote locations because of the opioid epidemic.
“There’s a lot of changes that are happening to health care facilities in the United States, but the ones that are really hurting us are the rural communities,” Kroll said.
Kroll said the trend is driven in part by increased opioid prescribing.
In 2017, the number inpatient opioid prescriptions for opioid-users more than doubled from 8.9 million to 18.1 million.
Krol said that trend is likely to continue in 2018, as the number goes up.
She said rural hospitals will continue to see a rise in opioid-using patients, but that in the long run the trend toward fewer rural hospitals is likely due to more hospice care for patients who are dying.
Hotels have been struggling to keep their operations afloat amid the opioid crisis.But with the number of opioid deaths skyrocketing,…