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New Hampshire: Death from Drug Overdose Found Not Compensable
Posted on 14 Sep 2019 by Thomas A. Robinson

A decision denying death benefits to the surviving spouse of a New Hampshire worker who died from an overdose of oxycodone and heroin was affirmed by the state’s Supreme Court. The worker, who suffered a serious ankle fracture as a result of a work... Read More

Prevalence of Opioids in California Workers’ Comp Holding At Near-Record Highs
Posted on 13 May 2014 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

Despite efforts to curb the use and cost of opioids in California workers’ comp, new CWCI research finds the use of these drugs has remained at record levels since 2010, that virtually the same 3% of high-volume Schedule II opioid prescribing doctors... Read More

Prescription Drug Abuse in America (Part One): The Problem
Posted on 8 Nov 2011 by Stuart D. Colburn

By Stuart Colburn, Esq., Downs Stanford, P.C. A November 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report describes prescription painkiller abuse as “a public health epidemic.” The CDC concludes that “improving the way... 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

CWCI Study Reveals a Recent Decline in the Use of Opioid Painkillers in California Workers’ Comp
Posted on 10 Jul 2012 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

Amid a glaring public spotlight, a growing body of evidence about the repercussions of using major narcotics to treat chronic pain, and improved medical management, cost containment and pharmaceutical controls, the use of Schedule II opioid painkillers... Read More

Prescription Drug Abuse in America (Part One): The Problem
Posted on 8 Nov 2011 by Stuart D. Colburn

By Stuart Colburn, Esq., Downs Stanford, P.C. A November 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report describes prescription painkiller abuse as “a public health epidemic.” The CDC concludes that “improving the way... 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

CWCI Study Reveals a Recent Decline in the Use of Opioid Painkillers in California Workers’ Comp
Posted on 10 Jul 2012 by California Workers' Compensation Institute

Amid a glaring public spotlight, a growing body of evidence about the repercussions of using major narcotics to treat chronic pain, and improved medical management, cost containment and pharmaceutical controls, the use of Schedule II opioid painkillers... Read More

FL: Lawmaker Proposes Anti-Pill Mill Legislation
Posted on 14 Apr 2010 by LexisNexis Workers' Comp Law Newsroom Staff

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Time reports that due to the proliferation of pill mills (pain management clinics dispensing oxycodone) in Florida, particularly in Broward County, and the increase in suspected drug overdose deaths associated with such pill mills... Read More