Fewer Injured Workers Are at Risk for Opioid Dependency

by The Bainbridge Firm, LLC | Mar 21, 2018 | Workers' Compensation in the News

To help combat these issues, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has begun implementing new rules to address these issues. For example, with the growing awarness of the opioid epidemic and with the efforts of the BWC, the number of injured workers dependent on opioids has fallen 19% in 2017.2 With this 19% decline in opioid dependency, it is estimated that 4,714 fewer injured workers are at risk for opioid addiction, overdose, and death since 2011.3

1 WorkCompWire, Ohio BWC: Opioid Dependence Continues to Fall in OH Work Comp System (February 25, 2018), http://www.workcompwire.com/2018/02/ohio-bwc-opioid-dependence-continues-to-fall-in-oh-work-comp-system/ (accessed March 14, 2018).

2 Louise Esola, Number of Opioid-dependent injured workers drops in Ohio, (February 23, 2018), hhtp://www.businessinsurance.com/article/20180223/NEWS08/912319413/number-of-opioid-dependent-injured-workers-drops-in-ohio (accessed March 14, 2018).

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