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Employers on lookout for opioid abuse.

More than one-quarter of employers have examined the prescription drug claims of its employees to identify possible opioid abuse, and another 25% are considering such measures, according to a recent survey from the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans.

According to the survey, one-third of employers state that prescription drug addiction is at least somewhat prevalent among their workforce, and the majority (67%) believe that substance abuse challenges are greater now than five years ago.

Of organizations providing substance abuse treatment benefits, 89% cover outpatient in-person treatment sessions, and 85% include inpatient hospital or clinic treatment. Other commonly provided options include prescription drug therapies (67%), inpatient residential treatment centers (67%), outpatient telemedicine treatment services (55%), and referrals to community services (41%).

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Title Annotation:ea roundup
Publication:The Journal of Employee Assistance
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2017
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