In response to this epidemic, opioid prescription guidelines have been developed for the health care community to follow in its pain management plans.
Health care institutions are also developing new approaches to pain management, such as substituting opioid prescriptions with alternative methods of pain control, educating providers on alternative treatment options, and providing them with tools to appropriately assess, educate, and support their patients. Three case studies detail these results.
Employers can advocate for improved approaches, too. Through their relationship with their health insurance carriers, they can influence network physicians in their prescribing practices.
Employers can ask themselves whether they’re providing access to resources, including substance use disorder counseling, workplace flexibility to promote effective return to work, and de-stigmatizing campaigns.