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New Workers’ Comp Ruling Trying to Stop Opioid Addiction

Jaclyn Hughes

If you have ever had the fun experience of being on workers’ compensation, you are well aware of the process that it is just to be off of work with an injury. Doesn’t exactly seem fair to be jumping through so many hoops when you suffered an injury merely doing your job, but that sad fact is that so many people have totally taken advantage of being off from work without still being in a recovery state with their injury. Some opt to stay on medications they no longer need, and others just enjoy being paid to be off from work and it gets very tangled after that trying to weed out who is legitimately hurt, and who was simply milking the system.

There’s a new ruling that will start to put strain on physicians who write prescriptions for medications for their workers’ compensation patients. Not all medications of course, but mostly concentrating on the generous prescription writing of opiate pills specifically. Opiates are easily abused and heavily requested by millions of adults all over the United States as they tend to not only decrease your pain, but they also alter your mood and can give you a “high” feeling, which is why they are so popular. reported that the state of Ohio is taking steps to prevent this from continuing to be a growing trend, by ordering a ruling that requires doctors prescribing the addictive medications to carefully observe their patients while they are taking them. They’ll also be required to create treatment programs to prevent patients from taking the medication when they don’t need it, and from taking more than they should have. Should doctors not abide by these new rules, they could face written warnings, or be taken off the list of preferred providers. The Ohio Bureau will not pay for the opioid scripts prescribed by any doctors that who don’t adhere to these set parameters. The rules will also be offering support to any workers’ compensation patients that have become addicted to opioids as well.

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