General Worker Health: Managing Pain Prescriptions

Proper training, equipment, and safety precautions are necessary to prevent workplace injury. While preventing accidents in the workplace is critical, the general well-being of employees can also help to create a safe and healthy work environment.

The National Safety Council launched its Employee Wellness Week this month to promote safe behaviors that can prevent injury and death. The agency is seeking to promote educated decisions with regard to general health and well-being.

Many people do not consider their health or well-being until they have an illness or injury. Overall health means taking care of your body, having regular check-ups, and avoiding harmful behaviors. Knowing good behavioral practices can ensure that you keep your mind and body healthy. This promotes overall well-being at home and in the workplace. Our North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers also know that general employee wellness can often be overlooked. We are dedicated to helping the NSC promote safety and the general health of employees.


Every day, we make important decisions that will affect our overall health. When you wake up in the morning, you could choose to eat eggs and bacon or a piece of fruit. You could opt to ride your bike to work or drive a car. During the workday, you could choose to eat a salad or a cheeseburger.The choices we make have the ability to impact our bodies, intellect, and emotional well-being affecting our performance at home and at work.

In addition to eating well and getting appropriate exercise, employers and employees should also be aware of any drug or alcohol habits that could affect health and mindfulness. According to the NSC, the use of prescription pain medication has reached epidemic levels in the United States. Every day, there are 45 people who die of an overdose of prescription pain medication. This is a shocking statistic that should make regular users question their intake and habits.

If you are prescribed a painkiller, you should take additional precautions to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. You medications should be kept in their original containers and stored out of sight and away from children. If you have finished with your prescription or you have decided that you no longer need a prescription, you should make sure any leftover pills are properly disposed. This can prevent theft or abuse of your old medications. If a doctor has given you a prescription, you should know the proper dose and only take your medication as it has been prescribed.

The NSC is reaching out to organizations, communities and the general public to disseminate important information about health and to effectively reduce the damage of prescription abuse and addiction. If someone you love is suffering from an addiction, you should seek appropriate resources.

Remember that the decisions you make now can have long-term impact on your overall health. Employers as well as employees should be aware of behavioral patterns that could impact workplace safety. If you have questions about your health or healthy habits, you should consult with your doctor. Promoting general health in the workplace can also prevent future illness and injuries.

If you or someone you love has suffered a work-related injury in North or South Carolina, contact the Lee Law Offices at 1-800-887-1965 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your ca

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