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Did You Know That 70% of Americans take Prescription Drugs?

A new Mayo Clinic study finds that nearly 70% of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than half take two.  A lot of these people work!

Researchers found antibiotics, antidepressants and painkilling opioids are the most commonly prescribed according to a Mayo Clinic research report.

Dr. Jennifer St. Sauver said that while many Americans are taking drugs for physical issues, an enormous number are taking drugs for mental issues, which “suggests mental health is a huge issue and is something we should focus on.” St. Sauver also said that the painkiller use was problematic because of the addictive nature of the drugs.

Sheakley cares about the health and safety of your employees.  There are programs and resources to help combat the abuse and overdose of prescription drugs.  Please contact your MCO Client Relations Manager regarding BWC’s Drug-Free Safety Program or call our toll-free number at 888-743-2559 x 2042 for more information.

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