Category Archives: Pain Killers

Doctors, Patients and Opioid Abuse

Today’s post comes from guest author Jon Gelman from Jon Gelman, LLC – Attorney at Law.

Getting to the real reasons why doctors prescribe opioids to opioid abusers is an apparent challenge to the essence of the nation’s workers’ compensation system. In a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine it is revealed that doctors continue to prescribe opioids to abusers because of “…Recent changes in medicine’s philosophy of pain treatment, cultural trends in Americans’ attitudes toward suffering, and financial disincentives for treating addiction …”

Until the workers’ compensation medical delivery program furnishes treatment delivery in an effective and efficient manner the challenge of drug addiction will tragically continue.

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