Features, Health and Safety, New York

Proactive Ways to Fight the Opioid Crisis

January 8, 2018

By 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 much higher work absenteeism and many times more emergency room visits, car crashes, health issues in newborns, rehab treatments, and so on. In fact, health plan sponsors paid nearly twice as much in health care for opioid abusers.

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 can do to curb opioid abuse. The webinar will discuss how to:

  • identify members at risk of addiction
  • limit the use of opioids among your members
  • use your health insurance and pharmacy programs to support your members

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 products for labor and the public sector, including MagnaCare and Create, a new marketplace of health systems and service platform.

 

January 8, 2018

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