Painkillers Are Killing You and Your employer

These are serious numbers!  The rate of death from addiction to has tripled since 2010.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that non-medical use of prescription painkillers costs health insurers up to $72.5 billion annually in direct health-care costs.

A new survey, the first of its kind, conducted by the National Safety Council (NSC), along with Indiana’s attorney general, concluded that 80 percent of Indiana employers have been impacted by prescription drug misuse and by employees.

“We would expect very similar results in many states,” Hersman said. “This is not a local problem; this is a national problem, and it’s very important for employers to understand this is an issue they need to pay attention to and not put their head in the sand.”

Though research is limited as to the exact economic costs of opioid abuse, the most recent estimates suggest that the economic annual burden is upward of $60 billion, with nearly half of that attributable to workplace costs, such as productivity loss.

“If an is taking a prescription painkiller, their cost on worker’s comp goes up four times, and 25 percent of all prescription costs in workers comp are opioid painkillers,” Hersman told CNBC.

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Tom Frieden, recently referred to opioid abuse — including prescription painkillers — as “a growing epidemic that is gripping our country.”

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