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1. 5 Ways Employers Can Combat the Opioid Epidemic

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared an opioid “epidemic” in the U.S. in 2011, and concern about this issue continues to grow. Employees that misuse or abuse prescription opioids are more likely to miss work, incur higher health care costs, file disability claims, and get demoted or fired. Sadly, more people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than in any year on record, and more than 60% of these deaths involved an opioid.

Employers can take several steps to stem the misuse of these drugs and provide assistance to employees and dependents in need of assistance to treat pain and addiction.

Tags: Opioids, emotional health, well-being, Rx

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