The War Against Prescription Drug Abuse Will Be Fought Patient by Patient, Pill by Pill

This commentary is written in response to the White House report entitled “Epidemic: Responding to America’s Prescription Drug Abuse Crises,” which states that, “Prescription drug abuse is the Nation’s fastest-growing drug problem.” There is indeed a crisis of prescription...

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.”...

Combatting the Evils of Opioid Addiction: When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease

By John Stahl, Esq. LexisNexis Online Subscribers: Citations below link to Lexis Advance. Bracketed citations link to lexis.com. The numerous ills associated with workers’ compensation claimants (claimants) abusing prescribed opioids is a perfect example of medical care professionals acting...

Florida Reforms Effectively Addressing Opioid Plague

The topic of opioid abuse in workers’ compensation largely focuses on the causes and costs of that abuse to the effectiveness of the state-level reforms that address what some experts identify as a “plague.” Particularly alarming opioid-related statistics and the high cost of prescription...