It seems there are tragic news stories each day in the US where opioid addiction has claimed more lives. We know that overdoses from prescription opioids are a driving factor in the over 15-year increase in opioid overdose deaths.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, deaths from prescription opioids like oxycodone and hydrocodone have more than quadrupled since 1999.
For help in dealing with substance abuse issues, Pearson offers access to the Employee Assistance Program. You and your family members who live with you can take advantage of unlimited phone counseling and up to 5 face-to-face counseling sessions per issue per year. You will also receive referrals to substance abuse programs and specialists in your area. Visit Cigna EAP or call 1.800.593.4138.
In addition to the counseling help, the EAP website has a wealth of information you can access at your fingertips. For instance, articles, webcasts and other content tell you what you need to know about opioids. Here’s a quick look:
- What to Ask Your Doctor Before Taking Opioids
- Prescription Opioids: What You Need To Know
- Chronic Pain: Treatments Other Than Medicines
- Living with Chronic Pain
Take advantage of these and other resources to learn about the prescriptions you are given. If a substance abuse issue should touch your life or a family member’s, reach out to the EAP.