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Early Intervention Imperative When it Comes to Opioid Abuse

Prescription painkiller abuse is costing employers in the US an estimated $25.5 billion a year in missed days and lost productivity. The leading cause of unintentional death is now drug overdoses, predominantly from opioid painkillers such as OxyContin and Percocet.

In a recent article in HR Magazine published by the Society for Human Resource Management, Lockton's Keith Rosenblum discussed the growing trend of opioid abuse, its impact on workers' compensation costs, and how HR professionals can proactively address the issue. 

He suggests working with workers' compensation claims managers and pharmacy benefit managers to intervene as early as possible, making sure to involve medical professionals with claimants on opioids more than 21 days.

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