Prescription bottles A third of workers say they use prescription pain relievers, with the majority doing so under a doctor’s care. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A third of U.S. workers use prescription pain medications, and as might be expected, those who do take far more sick days than those who don’t. In addition, those who have problems with those medications take substantially more sick days than those who don’t.

According to a new study released by the Integrated Benefits Institute, when they’re compared with those who don’t use prescription pain relievers at all, users who do not suffer from problems connected with their medication took more than twice the number of sick days, while problematic users took more than three times the number of sick days.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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