Many of us in the insurance community have had experiences where injured workers have become addicted to the medications that medical providers have prescribed to help the injured heal. This has now become a national problem and has been well presented by Joe Paduda, an expert in the areas of workers’ comp and medical care.
In one of Joe’s most recent blogs he outlines how expensive and how damaging this epidemic has become.
I refer you to his blog at www.joepaduda.com, so please read what he has shared with us.
I too have personally experienced the affects of addition through an extended member of my family. This person experienced a serious back injury at his work. The employer’s insurance carrier eventually referred him to a surgeon for surgery. The results of this procedure were that he had more than one year of pain that could only be masked by heavy doses of narcotics. He became addicted, severe depressed, unable to work, become despondent and eventually committed suicide.
A very sad ending to a father of two children in his thirties with his whole life ahead of him.
Hopefully, all stakeholders will take action to put an end to this very serious problem.
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