Opioids in the workplace

Workers who are prescribed pain medications for work-related injuries must be educated about the risks of opioid addiction.  According to Marianne Kritserg, MSW, LCSW, RN there are eight strategies to consider:

 

Create a positive worker’s comp experience

  1. Shift the health care mindset from “pain-free” to “managed care”.
  2. Educate workers about the potential adverse effects associated with taking prescription pain medications.
  3. Avoid and minimize unnecessary opioid prescriptions in the first place.
  4. Ensure opioid-prescribing guidelines are followed.
  5. Screen injured workers for use of all drugs.
  6. Consider implementing drug-free workplace policies.
  7. Know and identify signs of substance use and abuse.
  8. Utilize weaning, if and when necessary.

 

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