Ohio injured workers fund battling painkillers
Nearly a third of the prescriptions the state's insurance fund for injured workers paid for last year were for powerful narcotics, part of a 37 percent increase in the use of such drugs - mainly addictive painkillers - the agency has seen among off-the-job employees over the past 10 years.
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#1 Jul 28, 2012
This is beyond barbaric! Now a state agency is forcing injured workers to suffer unnecessarily because bureaucrats with no medical training have been infected with the current anti pain drug hysteria! The state has no business in the doctor patient relationship! I hope decent compassionate doctors fight this. It prevents them for treating their patient's pain properly and humanely.
#2 Jul 29, 2012
It must be nice not having pain 24-7. Some people don't have a clue.
#3 Jul 29, 2012
I agree 100%.They don't have a clue what it's like dealing with pain 24-7.
#4 Oct 17, 2012
The problem with BWC is that it takes forever to get medical care approved and the workers continue in pain instead of treating the injured workers medical issues. My son was hurt severely in a accident at work because his co-worker was talking on a cell phone and he was crushed on his left side. He was seen at ER and released instead of appropriate medical care (admitted and observed) He is only in his twenties and his siactic nerve was snapped and it took months to get the appropriate tests due to waiting for approval. This was several years ago and now he suffers with pain and even more injuries due to BWC procrastinating. If they would respond instead of mess around and take care of the Injured workers it would be more cost effective. They want to barter on a injured workers injuries. If you have a medical person you know let them check your records on the BWC site. An RN is a good idea because they list acute conditions for chronic issues. Its terrible and its all about money. I am in the medical profession myself and I was appaulded at the medical care provided. You can also contact an ombudsman if you feel you are not receiving the care you should Also they hire a contractor for case manager that are idiots because they don't manage your medical care they harrass you to go back to work. What a waste of money.
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