Prescription opioids are a major reason for the skyrocketingcost of workers' compensation insurance, as evidence points toharmful consequences from the long-term use of the medication, saysa report from insurance broker Lockton.

In a report titled, “Opioids Wreak Havoc on Workers' CompensationCosts,” Keith E. Rosenblum, senior risk consultant for LocktonCompanies, says the abuse of opiates by injured workers is a majorproblem, both in terms of cost and individual health.

“Prescription opioids are presently the number one workers'compensation problem in terms of controlling the ultimate cost ofindemnity losses,” he writes.

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