Opioid abuse and misuse kills nearly 50 people every day and costs the U.S. economy $55.7 billion a year. Employers foot at least half of that bill. Long-term opioid use has long been a key pain point for workers’ comp payers.
New opioid wrinkles have emerged. Workers’ comp payers are increasingly on the hook for addiction or overdose of medication prescribed to treat work-related injuries. Employers and payers now find themselves paying for detox services in addition to the treatment of the original injury.