Safety and OSHA News

New toolkit to help employers address opioid usage by employees

If you’re not sure your company has a comprehensive plan to address employee opioid addiction, you’re not alone. The good news is that the National Safety Council has released materials to help employers.  [Read more…]

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What leads to long-term opioid use after a workplace injury?

A new study reveals six factors that can lead to long-term opioid use for employees injured at work and who weren’t previously taking the prescription painkillers.  [Read more…]

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Should long-term opioid painkillers be covered under workers’ comp?

An employee injured his back 13 years ago. A pain medicine specialist says opiate medications reduce his pain, improve his quality of life and overall function. His former employer’s insurance company doesn’t want to continue to pay because he’s reached maximum medical improvement. How did a court rule?  [Read more…]

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What are you odds of dying from these causes?

According to just-released statistics from the National Safety Council, there’s a new No. 1 cause of accidental death in the U.S.  [Read more…]

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Appeals court considers whether workers’ comp should cover an opioid for back pain

If a doctor prescribes medication for an injured worker that generally isn’t recommended, does workers’ comp have to pay for it?  [Read more…]

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Chronic opioid use: How it starts and ends, and what employers can do

How long does it take for chronic opioid users to wean completely off the drugs after a workplace injury?  [Read more…]

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Report: Opioid abuse down, but progress is uneven

A new federal government report shows about one-in-25 people age 12 or older in the U.S. used prescription pain relievers without a doctor’s direction in the past year.  [Read more…]

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Can widow get workers’ comp benefits after injured husband overdoses on opioids?

An injured worker died due to an overdose of oxycodone combined with alcohol. His widow sought workers’ compensation death benefits. Did she receive them?  [Read more…]

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Balloon pilot had 7 drugs in system at time of crash that killed 16

The National Transportation Safety Board says a hot-air balloon pilot had multiple drugs in his system, including an opioid painkiller, when a crash killed 16 people.  [Read more…]

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Top 9 states that are least prepared to handle opioid crisis

Which nine states are least prepared to deal with the opioid crisis? The National Safety Council has a new list.  [Read more…]

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