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Stemming the Tide of Opioid Abuse: A Brief Guide for Employers

Posted by: Corey Belken, PharmD    Feb 14, 2017 9:30:00 AM

In January 2017, an NBC news investigation found that an “epidemic” of opioid abuse had helped turn the once-prosperous city of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, into “the most unhappy place in America.” Working in the epicenter of the “scourge” that had resulted in 137 fatal overdoses in a county of only 318,000 people in 2016, the coroner reported that opioid addiction was “eating away at the core of society.”1 Although an extreme example, Wilkes Barre’s unhappy experience is being repeated in communities throughout the United States, resulting in problems that you probably recognize—and a few that you may not be aware of.

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Topics: health care cost containment, drug abuse, EpiphanyRx, opioid abuse, prescription drugs