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Prescription Drug Abuse in America (Part Three) - Strategies
Posted on 20 Nov 2011 by Stuart D. Colburn

By Stuart Colburn, Esq. This is the third part of a three-part series on prescription drug abuse in America. Part One explained “the problem”. Part Two identified the stakeholders involved with this epidemic. Part Three below discusses... Read More

Amputated Fingertips, Marijuana, and Oxycontin Vapors: Larson's and the Law of Intoxication
Posted on 21 Sep 2012 by John Stahl

By John Stahl, Esq. Whether proof that a workers’ compensation claimant ingested marijuana or another illegal substance within a relevant period before sustaining otherwise compensable harm justified denying workers’ compensation benefits... Read More

Prescription Drug Abuse in America (Part Two) – The “P” Stakeholders
Posted on 15 Nov 2011 by Stuart D. Colburn

By Stuart Colburn, Esq. This is the second part of a three-part series on prescription drug abuse in America. Part One explained “the problem ”. Part Two below identifies the “P” stakeholders involved with this epidemic: ... Read More

Trends in Workers’ Compensation Narcotics Use: Avoiding Early Use is Key
Posted on 6 Jun 2012 by John Stahl

By John Stahl, Esq. A May 2012 report from the National Council on Compensation Insurance Holdings, Inc. , (NCCI) addressed the conclusions of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) that “the overuse of opioid... Read More

Comfortably Numb: The Impact of Prescription Pain Medications on the Proper Determination of Permanent Disability
Posted on 19 Jan 2012 by Calif. WCAB Noteworthy Panel Decisions Reporter

It may be an unfortunate reality but narcotics are a common aspect of medical treatment within the workers’ compensation system. As pain is an extremely individual experience, it is difficult if not impossible to assess whether the medications prescribed... Read More

Federal Agents Arrest Two Dozen Boeing Employees in Prescription Drug Abuse Sting
Posted on 5 Oct 2011 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration have arrested employees and former employees of Boeing's Ridley Park, Pennsylvania plant and one non-employee in a coordinated, long-term, undercover effort aimed... Read More

CWCI Estimates California Workers’ Comp Drug Testing Costs Hit $98 Million in 2011
Posted on 23 May 2012 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

A new California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI) study finds that widespread use of narcotic painkillers to treat work-related injuries – including relatively minor injuries where their use is not supported by medical evidence -- has... Read More

Narcotics Use Mismanaged: Guidelines Ignored
Posted on 8 Jun 2012 by John Stahl

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... Read More