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Safety+Health -- October 2015

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October 2015

Volume: 192
Edition: 4

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Prescription painkillers and the workforce

Experts say policies and education can help combat opioid abuse

The number of Americans dying from prescription painkiller overdoses has quadrupled since 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Injured workers are often prescribed narcotics to help relieve their pain. The National Safety Council has launched an initiative aimed at preventing overdoses.

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The workers’ comp option

Will more states start adopting workers’ compensation opt-out plans?
A growing number of stakeholders support an alternative to workers’ compensation. It’s known as “the option,” and proponents claim it can lower costs and return injured employees to the job sooner. But critics of the option say it could do more harm than good.
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