Lawyer with a video game addiction

I just received the monthly newsletter of the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board. Not Fun and Games: Lawyer with Video Game Addiction Suspended This month's most interesting disciplinary decision is the case of Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Matthew J. Eshelman . By order dated August 17...

Substances Abusers Continue to Confound Employers

The EEOC announced that it has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a job applicant who lost his position after a pre-employment drug screen revealed methadone in his system: According to the EEOC's complaint, Craig Burns is a recovering drug addict who has been enrolled in a methadone treatment program...

Opiates, Up Close and Personal

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. I lost a friend recently. He had an “accidental” overdose of fentanyl. He was 53 years old. He graduated with honors from Harvard Medical School and became a skilled plastic surgeon with a fellowship in hand surgery. He taught me about hands, elbows and CRPS, and...

Opiates, Up Close and Personal

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. I lost a friend recently. He had an “accidental” overdose of fentanyl. He was 53 years old. He graduated with honors from Harvard Medical School and became a skilled plastic surgeon with a fellowship in hand surgery. He taught me about hands, elbows and CRPS, and...

Narcotics Use Mismanaged: Guidelines Ignored

The most disturbing conclusion that the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) presented in a webinar entitled “Use of Narcotics and Compliance with Guidelines” was that many workers’ compensation claimants (claimants) who were prescribed narcotics were not provided recommended...

High Costs of Longer-Term Opioid Use: Workers’ Compensation Study Finds Heavy Use Compounds Medical Issues

Proof that “a higher use of opioids [among patients with occupational diseases] may … lead to addiction, increased disability or work loss, and even death” prompted the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute to conduct a study entitled “Longer-Term Use of Opioids.”...

Survey Says Regulators Must Be More Assertive Regarding Opioid Use

By John Stahl, Esq. A November 12, 2013 webinar that peer review and drug management firm CID Management of Westlake Village, California sponsored summarized the results of a CID survey of front-line employees and executives in the workers’ compensation industry. That study asked the respondents...

California: Opioid Medications in the Treatment of Work-Related Injuries

According to the Department of Industrial Relations Director Christine Baker, “ opioid misuse is a national concern ”. As a result of this “misuse”, the Division of Workers’ Compensation recently posted proposed “ Guidelines for the Use of Opioids to Treat Work Related...