Workplace insurers burdened by pain pill costs

The nation’s obsession with prescription painkillers is causing headaches for workplace insurers, which are increasingly having to fork over money to employees with routine injuries who have been treated with medications like OxyContin, according to this article. Workers who received high doses of painkillers to treat common injuries stayed out of work three times longer than those who took lower doses, and when medical care and disability payments are combined, the cost of a workplace injury is nine times higher when a strong narcotic is used than when a narcotic is not used, the article says.

Prescription opioids cost workplace insurers an estimated $1.4 billion every year.

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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