Opiate Addiction and the Workplace

Emergency room deaths by opiate overdose have now surpassed overdoses from cocaine or methamphetamine, combined. This is really saying something, in 2015, two-thirds of the 33,000 drug overdose death toll were opiate-related.¬† Continue reading “Opiate Addiction and the Workplace” »

Prescription Drug Abuse Behind Increasing Death Rates Among Young White Women

Despite efforts by various advocacy groups, prescription drug abuse continues to rise. In fact, a study carried out by the Urban Institute recently found that prescription drug abuse may be responsible for a considerable increase in the death rate of white American women between the ages of 15 and 54.

The trend is so prevalent that it has been called the opioid epidemic. The CDC previously reported a 400% rise in deaths caused by prescription drug abuse since 1999.

Here’s what Kansas City employers need to know about this disturbing trend.

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Prescription Drug Problems Plague Kansas

In our last post, we¬†explored how Missouri’s lack of a prescription drug monitoring program may be contributing to prescription drug abuse in the state — a fact that should concern all Missouri and Kansas employers.

But it’s important to note that just because a prescription drug monitoring program is in place doesn’t mean that abuse can’t occur, so employers should always stay vigilant. Kansas is the perfect example of this.

Here’s what Kansas City employers need to know about prescription drug abuse in Kansas.

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Missouri Lags Behind in Fight Against Prescription Drug Abuse

When it comes to prescription drug abuse and drug monitoring, states are cracking down. All the states except Missouri, that is. While all the other states have prescription drug abuse and drug monitoring laws in effect, Missouri is the only state that doesn’t, and it’s beginning to be a problem.

ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City North shares what metro employers, including Kansas businesses, should know about Missouri’s lack of prescription drug regulations. Continue reading “Missouri Lags Behind in Fight Against Prescription Drug Abuse” »

Missouri House Approves Bill Establishing Prescription Drug Monitoring

Concerns over patient privacy may once again prevent the Missouri Senate from passing a bill to create a prescription drug monitoring program in the Show-Me State.

Currently, Missouri is the only state that does not have a prescription drug monitoring program in place or in the process of implementation. With illegal drug use among employees declining but prescription drug use on the rise, it seems like the time is now for Missouri to step up and prevent prescription drug fraud.

For those that want to weigh the pros and cons of the proposed HB 1133, we’ve compiled details about prescription drug monitoring and how it could affect you.

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