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Creating a culture and environment that promotes the health and well-being of employees and a company that cares increases the likelihood of employees receiving intervention. (Photo: Shutterstock)

It’s no surprise that with more than two million Americans suffering from opioid addiction, employers are feeling the effect. In fact, according to a survey by the National Safety Council, 70 percent of employers report their workplace has been impacted by opioids.

With alarming statistics like these, the spotlight on the employer to address addiction in the workplace is now growing brighter. Employers are uniquely positioned to play an active role in solving the problem. Through their resources and benefit plans, employers have the potential to improve the livelihood of employees and their families, as well as the environment workers are exposed to for most of their waking hours. Employers who are self-funded also have direct control over coverage for opioids as well as alternative treatment.

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