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Let’s stop inviting opioid addiction

Every day brings another headline about a fatal overdose on painkillers, a celebrity who’s hooked, or a serious crime driven by addiction. Sadly, injured workers are among those addicted. Since 1990, opioid overdose deaths have tripled. It’s easy to blame doctors who prescribe painkillers, but only 17 percent of abused opioids are abused by legitimate patients with legitimate prescriptions. Physicians are doing their best, trying to treat pain without withholding needed medications, but that only helps so much.

Dr. Joel Morton of Summit Pharmacy takes a close look at the issue and in the following article discusses a few policy changes that could go a long way to stem opioid abuse:

http://www.workcompwire.com/2015/01/dr-joel-morton-lets-stop-inviting-opioid-addiction/