Over two million Americans suffer from opioid addition to date and it’s no surprise employers have been experiencing the effects of the opioid epidemic.
According to experts, this trend isn’t expected to decrease in the near future, and many employers are embracing strategies to combat the crisis and help employees struggling with addiction. Shira Wilensky, National Practice Leader of Health & Wellbeing OneDigital, believes that fundamental strategies like offering Employee Assistance Programs or setting limitations on coverage of opioids are not always sufficient on their own and provides alternative ways employers can aid in her byline “Addressing Opioids in the Workplace: Why Altering Your Benefits Isn’t Enough” featured in BenefitsPRO. Building an environment in which the employees’ health and wellbeing is seen as a top priority will increase the likelihood that employees receive intervention at many different levels.
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.
— Shira Wilensky, National Practice Leader, Health & Wellbeing OneDigital Health and Benefits
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To find out more about how employers can take the initiative in combatting the opioid epidemic and provide support to employees, reach out to your OneDigital Consultant.