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Opioid use more heavily regulated for injured Ohio workers

For those suffering from a workplace injury, there can be severe pain associated with the incident. It can often be too debilitating for a person to enjoy everyday activities, let alone be able to work after workplace injury. Work injuries can happen in multiple ways and in different injuries. What many have in common is that oftentimes injured workers have to rely on opioid pain relievers in order to manage their pain.

Of course with opioid use comes the risk of long-term dependency. To counter-act this, the Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is limiting who and how the workers’ comp prescriptions can be filled. With this limitation, injured workers may find it difficult to fill prescription for pain medications necessary to get through the day. However, the intention behind regulation is pure in that it is encouraging healthy use of opioid prescriptions.

Since 2010, there has been a steady decrease in opiate prescriptions. However, many workers still need to use some form of pain medication in order to perform their job, especially after a work injury. A neck injury or a back injury can be particularly bothersome, if not down-right painful. A fall or accident on a job site could easily cause an injury that would cause problems for an Ohio worker.

Besides workers’ comp, many injured Ohio workers consider what a workplace accident suit would mean for them after personal injury. Not all claims can be attributed to negligence or strict liability claims. However, it is certainly worth looking into. Injured workers have options after suffering workplace injury.

Source: insurancejournal.com, “New Ohio Workers’ Comp Opiod Prescription Rule in Effect,” Oct. 4, 2016

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