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Midwest Business Group on Health Releases Free Resource to Help Employers Address Pain Management and Opioid Use/Abuse

By MBGH Information posted 05-02-2018 07:38


CHICAGO – May 2, 2018 – Pain-related conditions affect 116 million adults in the U.S., resulting in up to $635 billion in medical costs and lost productivity.* To assist employers faced with managing this critical issue, the non-profit Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH) has launched a new pain management and opioid use/abuse toolkit.

The free resource offers best practices, strategies and links to valuable resources to support employers in improving the treatment of pain and addressing the impacts of abuse and misuse of opioid medications.

“The impact of opioid abuse to employers’ health care costs and productivity is significant with abusers costing nearly twice as much in medical expenses as non-abusers and missing nearly three times as much work as their peers,” said Cheryl Larson, MBGH president and CEO. “We developed this resource to help purchasers understand the impact of substance use on their employees and family members and offer strategies around treatment and education on the potential danger of taking opioids for routine procedures and alternative pain management.”

MBGH’s toolkit offers key strategies for employers including how to:

  • Address substance abuse in the workplace
  • Train managers to recognize and respond to pain and opioid misuse issues
  • Educate employees about pain and opioid misuse issues
  • Review health care benefits packages
  • Learn more about prescription opioid drug overdose policies and interventions
  • Use data to identify the costs, especially related to productivity, and other impacts of pain among employee populations


About the Midwest Business Group on Health

MBGH is one of the nation’s leading non-profit employer coalitions of 130 mid, large and jumbo self-funded public and private employers, representing over 4 million lives and annually spending over $4 billion on health care. Members consist of leading health benefit professionals, with activities focused on education, research, benchmarking and community-based initiatives that increase the value of health benefits and health care services. MBGH is a founding member of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions.

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*Source: Institute of Medicine