As pain management techniques continue to evolve, Americans are faced with a constant reminder of the nation’s opioid epidemic and the risk of opioid addiction and abuse. Even with such an emphasis on the risk and potentially harmful side effects of opioids, injured workers are still significantly more likely to receive narcotics than non-workers’ compensation patients.
Getting injured on the job can be a frightening experience. Ninety percent of job-related injuries are first time occurrences, which means injured workers most likely have little to no knowledge of the workers’ compensation system.
Thousands of people all over the country are struggling with the use of opioids – whether it be their own addiction or witnessing someone endure a struggle of their own. In an effort to get to the core of the opioid epidemic, researchers are digging into the reasons why we