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14 Dec 2017

Alternatives to opioid use

Alternatives to opioid use
The United States is currently in an opioid epidemic that rivals other medical epidemics in its history. Louisiana is not immune to this epidemic. For several decades, the over prescribing of legal opioids and the easy availability of illicit opioids have created a perfect storm. The end result of this phenomenon is the opioid epidemic. The epidemic’s effects are far-reaching, especially as it relates to the state’s workforce. Statistically, the most common prescription in a workers’ comp case is an opioid. “We” have established a normalcy in this country that no one at any time should ever have pain.

12 Dec 2017

Focus on: Opioid overdose and dependence therapies

Focus on: Opioid overdose and dependence therapies
There have been many developments in the fight against opioids, including the expansion of access to drugs that combat opioid dependence and overdose. Claims professionals could see these medications appear more frequently in patient profiles, especially as state and federal legislation make these drugs more readily available. It is important that claims professionals understand the appropriate use of these drugs, as well as the reasons for use in certain patient populations, the differences between formulations, and appropriate precautions to consider when these drugs are prescribed to patients.
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