Opioid ball rolling down hill Evidence shows that after seven days of opioid use, one in six individuals will become addicted. (Image: Shutterstock)

As the Senate takes up a large package of bills intended to help address the opioid crisis, attention has momentarily shifted away from the group that could do more than anyone else to end this scourge: employers who still pay to cover most of America’s working-age adults.

Truly solving the opioid crisis means getting serious about tackling the broader challenges of how health care is paid for, delivered and prescribed. In fact, armed with the proper knowledge and tools, employers can use their market power to enact real change and protect workers from the risk of opioid overuse and addiction.

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