When it comes to the explosion of opioid abuse in the U.S., large employers are footing a big chunk of the bill.
Nearly one-third of painkiller prescriptions funded by employer plans are being abused, according to a new report from benefits firm Castlight.
Nearly one in twenty workers who have received an opioid prescription, on average 4.5 percent, have demonstrated a pattern of drug abuse, according to the firm's research. Among baby boomers, the prevalence of abuse is even higher at nearly 7.5 percent.
"We looked at individuals who received more than a cumulative 90 days-worth supply of opioids, and received an opioid prescription from four or more providers over the five-year period," said Kristin Torres Mowat, senior vice president of plan development and data operations at Castlight.