Opioids are usually prescribed to control pain, often after an injury or surgery. But easy availability and tolerance development are driving addiction levels so high that the Centers for Disease Control has declared an opioid abuse epidemic.
Opioid abuse is a growing epidemic in the workplace. Many people may think that prescription opioids are safe, since they’re part of a physician-approved treatment plan. But the price of addiction is detrimental to employers.
One wrong landing during a game of Saturday basketball, a fender bender that ended up as a femur bender, a piece of sheetrock that came crashing down instead of going up — the type of injuries that people face can vary widely, and keep ER rooms busy 24/7.
Many people may think that prescription opioids are safe, since they’re part of a physician-approved treatment plan. But the truth can be deadly. The CDC estimates that opioid pain relievers are involved in about 17,000 deaths per year — compared to 3,000 annual deaths related to heroin.