A recent report from The National Safety Council details how an increasing number of injured workers are being prescribed powerful opioid pain medications with adverse and sometimes fatal outcomes.
The report indicates that in 2011, one quarter of workers’ compensation drug claim costs were for opioid pain medications for workers who had been injured on-the-job, yet studies show this hasn’t improved treatment outcomes.
In fact, there is evidence to suggest that dosing a worker with more than one week’s worth of opioid medications is associated with a worker being twice as likely to still be disabled one year later. Plus, these drugs often lead to serious harm, including addiction, overdose and death. Continue reading