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.

Register or login for access to this item and much more

All Employee Benefit Adviser content is archived after seven days.

Community members receive:
  • All recent and archived articles
  • Conference offers and updates
  • A full menu of enewsletter options
  • Web seminars, white papers, ebooks

Don't have an account? Register for Free Unlimited Access