As we have previously discussed on our Well Workplace Blog, opioid abuse has reached epidemic levels in the U.S. Opioid prescriptions are not only costly to an injured workers’ health, but also the employer’s bottom line. According to the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, health care costs for workers with workers’ compensation and short-term disability claims were substantially higher for those with diagnosed opioid abuse.
In a recent article in Occupational Health & Safety Magazine, ErgoScience President Deborah Lechner outlines an alternative treatment to prescribing dangerous opioids for employee injury. Through collaboration between safety professionals and physical therapists, employers can achieve optimal results with both prevention and post-injury management. Learn more by reading the article, A Proposed Solution to the High Cost of Opioid Abuse.