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Are workers’ comp laws and insurers to blame for opioid crisis?

A doctor testified in a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson that workers’ compensation laws and insurers were to blame for the opioid crisis, not pharmaceutical companies.  [Read more…]

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Nurse practitioner pleads guilty to running an illegal pain clinic

Medical personnel need the proper licensing to write pain medication prescriptions for injured workers, or else they could face felony charges.  [Read more…]

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Was employee doctor shopping for opioids? Court decides workers’ comp case

This injured worker left the care of his pain management doctor after having a disagreement about the amount of opioids he was taking. Can the worker get a new doctor under workers’ comp?  [Read more…]

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Maine Supreme Court says workers’ comp doesn’t have to pay for medical marijuana

For a while, it seemed states were slowly accepting that medical marijuana would be covered under workers’ compensation. But a Maine court decision goes against that trend.  [Read more…]

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Accidental injuries are No. 3 cause of death for first time: Opioids, vehicles to blame

Unintentional, preventable injuries (aka accidental injuries) are now the No. 3 cause of death in the U.S., according to the National Safety Council.  [Read more…]

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Should workers’ comp pay for med to counteract drowsiness from opioids?

An employee takes opioids for chronic back pain following a workplace injury. His doctor prescribed another drug to counteract drowsiness from taking opioids. Does workers’ comp have to pay for the second medication?  [Read more…]

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Pill mill docs who got millions in kickbacks for prescribing opioids sent to prison

To combat the opioid addiction crisis in the U.S., investigators and prosecutors are ferreting out doctors who over prescribe the pain meds. Example: Two Alabama doctors are now going to prison for a very long time.  [Read more…]

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Opioids, pot and people who don’t work anymore due to pain

Has the number of jobless men exploded because they take opioids for pain relief? What if they used pot instead?  [Read more…]

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NSC: Eliminate preventable deaths in our lifetime

The head of the National Safety Council calls it their “moon shot goal.” The organization wants to eliminate accidental deaths in our lifetime.  [Read more…]

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Workers’ comp must pay for medical marijuana in third state

Add a third state to the list of those that require workers’ compensation to pay for medical marijuana.  [Read more…]

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