If rising drug addiction is ravaging U.S. communities and convincing even conservative political forces to push for major increases in government-backed treatment, you can bet that it's also costing American companies big time.

According to a new study by Castlight, a benefits consulting firm, nearly one-third of opioid prescriptions acquired by employees through their employer-backed insurance are being abused.

The same study found that just under 5 percent of workers who have been prescribed a powerful painkiller has demonstrated a pattern of addiction or abuse.

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