Employers Helping Workers Fight Opioid Abuse

With opioid prescription abuse on the rise nationwide, workers compensation experts are seeking ways to help addicted workers return to sobriety. Insurers, brokers and third-party administrators say they’re working with primary physicians to help wean claimants off Schedule II narcotics, such as oxycodone and methadone, if they start to develop a dangerous dependence on such drugs.

Some companies also are creating strategies to assist workers who already have become hooked in hopes of preventing opioid overdoses and deaths, as well as containing medical claim costs.


Source: Business Insurance – November 30, 2011