While there’s good progress on opioids, we have to stay attentive to what progress really means. It is saving careers and lives of injured workers. We have learned that opioid prescribing for injured workers involves a subtle balance between treatment gain, alternatives to opioids, and risks to the patient. A recent report from the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), a highly respected think tank, appears to overlook this by focusing only on cost of the drugs. If WCRI ...
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