Did you know that there are more accidental deaths from prescription opioids (20,101 in 2016) than from heroin overdoses (12,990 in 2016)? And that more than 80% of heroin users start out abusing prescription painkillers?
The financial ramifications are staggering as well – with much higher work absenteeism and many times more emergency room visits, car crashes, health issues in newborns, rehab treatments, and so on. In fact, health plan sponsors paid nearly twice as much in health care for opioid abusers.
Clearly we need to stem the prescription opioid epidemic.
Many people suffer from chronic pain in this country – but are opioids right for everyone?
Watch the on-demand webinar, “What Can the Workplace Do to Fight the Opioid Epidemic?” where we will explain what you can do to curb opioid abuse. You will learn how to:
- identify workers at risk of addiction
- limit the use of opioids among your workers
- use your health insurance and pharmacy programs to support your workers
During the webinar we present our Opioid Oversight Program, which prevents addiction among newly prescribed members and transitions care for persistent users.