Author: Dr. Bartley Bryt
Did you know that there are more accidental deaths from prescription opioids (20,101 in 2016) than from heroin overdoses (12,990 in 2016)? And that more than 80% of heroin users start out abusing prescription painkillers?
The financial ramifications are staggering as well – with absenteeism, loss of productivity, and increased health care expenses costing U.S. employers $95 billion a year. In fact, employers pay nearly twice as much in health care for opioid abusers. Due to opioids, there are many times more emergency room visits, car crashes, health issues in newborns, rehab treatments, and so on.
Clearly we need to stem the prescription opioid epidemic.
Many people suffer from chronic pain in this country – but are opioids right for everyone?
Attend the webinar, “What Can the Workplace Do to Fight the Opioid Epidemic?” where we will explain what you and your health plan can do to manage opioid use. The webinar will discuss how to:
• identify employees at risk of addiction
• limit the use of opioids among your employees
• use your health insurance and pharmacy programs to support your employees
The webinar will take place at 2:30 pm ET on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.
Dr. Bartley Bryt is Chief Medical Officer at Brighton Health Plan Solutions (BHPS), an innovative health care enablement company with several industry-leading brands. BHPS’s new Create® health care marketplace introduces competition between health systems to finally deliver better health care at lower cost for employers in the New York tri-state area. Learn more about Create at createhealthplans.com.