CNN Money | Tami Luhby | April 5, 2018
Opioid addiction treatments are costing employers billions
The cost of treating opioid addiction among American workers and their families has skyrocketed in recent years, a new study has found.
People covered by employer health insurance received $2.6 billion worth of treatment for opioid addiction and overdoses in 2016, up from $273 million in 2004, according to a report published Thursday by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Some $2.3 billion was covered by insurance, while patients shelled out $335 million.
Just over half the spending was for the treatment of workers' children, while just under a third was for the employee themselves. The rest covered spouses' treatment.
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