Since the introduction of its Early Severity Predictor model in2015, Travelers Cos. says it cut the use of opioidsby over 500,000 injured employees by 30%.

The model identifies the likelihood that someone will developchronic pain — a leading cause of opioid dependency. Travelersshares the Early Severity Predictor results with theinjured employee's physician, allowing them to identify effectivetreatment alternatives such as physical therapy, and in some casessurgery is avoided to help ensure a safe recovery without theprolonged use of opioids.

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