The numbers around the opioid epidemic are startling. The total economic burden of prescription opioid abuse in the U.S. is estimated to be $78.5 billion a year, which includes the costs of healthcare, lost productivity and addiction treatment, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The use of prescription opioids can present a challenge to employers. While many of these medications can have a beneficial effect for patients with significant pain when taken as prescribed, there can be inherent risks and dangers — including accidents and potential overdose deaths.
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