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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...

Prescription Drug Abuse in America (Part Three) - Strategies

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 strategies for addressing prescription drug...

Prescription Drug Abuse in America (Part Three) - Strategies

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 strategies for addressing prescription drug abuse...

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...

IAIABC Policy Guide on Reducing Opioid Abuse Offers Blueprint for Effective Reform

The bad news is that opioid abuse related to treating chronic pain remains a serious problem for every workers’ compensation system participant. The good news is that many workers’ compensation jurisdictions are increasing their efforts to reduce this situation that officials at the federal...

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...

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: An Effective Front in the Prescription Drug Abuse War?

Over the past two decades, prescription drug abuse has been on the rise. The public health dangers associated with this disturbing trend are self-evident. In an ongoing effort to curb this abuse, most states have over the years adopted some form of electronic prescription drug monitoring programs, or...

2014 Workers’ Compensation Emerging Issues

The new edition of Workers’ Compensation Emerging Issues Analysis (LexisNexis) is a veritable cornucopia of expert analysis, provocative commentary, and a 50 state survey of workers’ compensation legislation in 2014 As with last year’s inaugural edition, the 2014 Larson Series Workers’...

Research on Risks, Effectiveness of Long-Term Opioid Pain Therapy Given a Failing Grade

Roger Rabb, J.D., Special Correspondent for the LexisNexis Workers’ Compensation eNewsletter As physicians continue to prescribe opioids such as Vicodin, OxyContin, and codeine to help patients with chronic pain, there is a growing concern that the costs of such pain treatment options, whether...