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Workplace accidents and the opioid epidemic


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Opioid and other substance abuse is a costly problem for employers. Workers who receive treatment have the fewest missed work days of any group. Treatment for pain medication misuse may be covered by workers' compensation.

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Workplace accidents and the opioid epidemic

  2. 2. DID YOU KNOW? The construction industry has the second-highest rate of pain medication and opioid misuse after the entertainment, recreation and food business. Source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health
  3. 3. Substance Abuse Is A Costly Problem for Employers: A 2016 report from the Surgeon General, states the U.S. spends approximately $35 billion annually to treat substance use disorders, and another $85 billion to treat injuries, infections and illnesses associated with dependent substance use. Much of this cost is passed on to employers, who offer health insurance coverage.
  4. 4. Missed Work Days: Workers with substance use disorders miss nearly 15 days a year – about 50 percent more than their peers. Workers with pain medication use disorders miss 29 days – nearly three times as much work as their peers.
  5. 5. Recovery Rebound: Workers who report receiving substance use treatment in the past and who have not had a substance use problem in the past 12 months missed the fewest days of any group – even less than the general workforce.
  6. 6. Cost of Pain Medication Use Disorder: In 2014, workers with a pain medication use disorder use health care services costing an average of $5,586. That is nearly twice the amount of health care costs for a worker with a substance use disorder and more than three times the cost of health care sought by a general employee.
  7. 7. SUBSTANTIAL SAVINGS Clearly, employers can save substantial amounts if they help their employees receive treatment for a pain medication use disorders. We hope these slides inspire workers to seek treatment for pain medication use disorders and encourage employers to create a workplace environment that promotes treatment when necessary. For more information about treatment for pain medication use disorder and how it may be covered through a workers’ compensation claim, please contact the Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann. © 2018 Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C. All Rights Reserved. Design and editorial services by FindLaw, part of Thomson Reuters.