Hosted by the Workers' Compensation Section
The national "epidemic" of opioid usage has garnered a great deal of public attention, but amid those concerns is a less publicized prevalence of the use of potent pain relieving narcotics by injured workers throughout the United States. While opioids can be safe and effective for the treatment of acute pain and some chronic conditions, they come with serious risk of addiction and death, even when used as prescribed.
The use of prescription opioids are often a reasonable and appropriate treatment for workplace injuries. They can be useful for general pain control, catastrophic injury with chronic pain, and an injury involving surgical treatment that necessitates pain control. However, these drugs are often misused and overused. Pennsylvania is ranked third in a recent 25-state study of the amount of opioids prescribed to injured workers, according to the Workers' Compensation Research Institute.
This CLE program will examine the growing use of opioids in the treatment of workers’ compensation injuries and its potential for overuse. Warning signs and treatment suggestions will be addressed by the claimant's bar, as well as tips for reducing exposure addressed by the defense perspective.
Immediately following the CLE, join us for the School Supply Drive Happy Hour to benefit Turning Points for Children!
We will be collecting the following school supplies:
Backpacks, Ruled Notebooks, Pencils, Pencil cases, Crayons, Glue Sticks, Rulers, and Erasers
Bring them to the CLE or the Happy Hour!