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Signs of opioid abuse in an employee are often more subtle than those in someone abusing alcohol at work. (Image: Shutterstock)

The numbers around the opioid epidemic are startling. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the amount of prescription opioids sold in the U.S. has nearly quadrupled since 1999. The use and abuse of opioids is rapidly escalating — so much so, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services declared it a public health emergency in October.

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