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It seems that nearly every day there is a news story that talks about the opioid epidemic that’s making its way throughout the United States. While there are a variety of reasons for the rise of opioid use in recent decades, one often overlooked area where opioid use is found is in post-work injury care.
To be clear, many of the opioids that are prescribed and used in these situations are being used properly and for their intended purpose – pain control. However, it’s nonetheless important to look at this usage in order to:
How Often Are Doctors Prescribing Opioids To Injured Workers In Wisconsin?
Wisconsin Public Radio recently analyzed the data from a study (by the Workers Compensation Research Institute) on the use of opioids for pain control following a workplace accident or work-related injury. The study found that:
The Future of Opioids For Post-Workplace Injury Care
Opioid use (both legal and illegal) has become such a hot button topic that it would be surprising if there was not some type of legislative reform in the next few years. What that reform will look like remains a mystery, but it will likely contain provisions designed to decrease the likelihood that those who properly receive opioids as a part of their workers’ comp treatment plan become addicted and later seek out the drugs illegally.