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September 2018 Archives

BWC to Launch New Pilot Program for Montgomery, Ross and Scioto Counties

On October 15, 2018, the BWC will be launching a pilot program to support employers willing to hire workers struggling to overcome an addiction to opioids and other dangerous substances1. With the opioid crisis currently being a big issue in Ohio, many employers are having a difficult time finding qualified applicants who do not have a history of substance abuse or addiction. In Montgomery County alone, 521 accidental overdose deaths accrued in 20172. This is why the BWC has made this program available for Montgomery, Ross and Scioto counties. The BWC will be partnering with the counties Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health board (ADAMH). The job of the ADAMH board will be to identify eligible employers and employees, disperse funding among employers as needed and measure the results of the program3. The BWC then, will be in charge of the training of supervisors and managers along with reimbursement for drug testing and providing a venue for employer's to share "second chance" stories. In Ohio, opioid addiction, abuse and overdose deaths cost the state $6.6 billion-$8.8 billion each year4. The state instead hopes to put more money into helping Employers hire, manage and retain workers by providing $5 million over two years as needed by employers. Small businesses sometimes feel a burden when it comes to drug testing employees because of the amount of time and money it costs5. This means that some businesses tend not to hire applicants who have a history of substance abuse or addiction. With this pilot program, the BWC reimburse employers for drug testing allowing the employer not to feel burdened. Penny Dehner, Executive Director of the Pain Valley ADAMH board says, "If someone tests positive, we want them to give people a second chance... but we have to make sure there are treatment options available for them, and there's someone to track that" 6. Studies show that people on a pathway to recovery show more success when they are employed7. The opioid crisis is lowering the labor force participation rate in Ohio. The BWC is trying to put a stop to it and get people on the right path to recovery8!

Officers at Ross Correctional Institution are Denied Workers Comp Benefits

On August 29, 2018, just before 9:00am, an inmate at the Ross Correctional Institution, exhibited signs of a possible overdose thought to be Fentanyl. Fentanyl, a legal synthetic opioid, can become airborne, entering through the lungs, skin and eyes. After 29 individuals including 4 nurses, 23 correctional officers and 2 inmates started showing signs of illness, it was clear that everyone who came in close proximity to the inmate had been exposed. Test results later confirmed that they had all been exposed to a fentanyl and heroin mixture. Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. It only takes 2.3 milligrams of fentanyl for someone to overdose. 28 of the exposed individuals were treated on scene and later taken to the hospital for observation, while the 29th individual, an inmate, was treated on scene and not transported. A hazardous material unit then came in and cleaned all the affected areas. Hundreds of additional does of Narcan were then left at the facility and given to the local hospital incase other individuals began to show signs of exposure.

BWC New Rule on Behavioral Assessment Payment

Until recently, medical treatment in workers compensation claims have been limited to treatment of conditions that are "allowed" in the claim.1  Allowed conditions are medical conditions that are proven to have resulted from a compensable work-related injury or occupational disease.2  The BWC has now taken steps to address cognitive, emotional, behavioral, social and psychological issues in a claim that are not directly related to the allowed conditions.3 Instead, these issues are believed to have arisen after the allowed condition, and these issues are believed to prolong pain and disability of the allowed condition. This does not include mental illness and psychological disorders, but instead, normal emotional responses that many people experience following a serious injury.4  The idea of this new rule is to allow injured workers to get the guidance they need, before these issues turn into something more serious such as depression or opioid addiction, hindering the ability for the injured worker to heal.

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