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This National Comp 2023 session looks to reflect on the most prominent workers’ comp medical trends of today.
The decline of opioids is encouraging, but increased positive tests in methamphetamine and cocaine should be seen as a wake-up call for public safety.
Opioids were supposed to help. Instead, their addictive power harmed many, and calls for accountability are broadening.
Opioids have increased demand for treatment center beds, addiction specialists and foster families to critical levels. Providers are feeling the pinch.
Other pain relief therapies hold substantial promise in defeating drug dependency.
Prescription monitoring programs are a prime tool in the fight against opioid abuse. Unfortunately there are barriers to access.
Workers’ comp professionals have a broad array of tools at their disposal to help combat the ongoing problem of opioid abuse.
A majority of patients still believe that opioids are the most effective remedy for pain, and expect treating physicians to prescribe them.
Organizations need to develop and implement clear and defensible substance abuse programs to keep abusers from putting themselves and others at risk.
Former players accuse the league of misuse of prescription painkillers.