The Ohio BWC Removed Oxycodone from the List of Approved Medications. Is Marijuana a Possible Replacement?

Late last month, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation "BWC" announced that starting on July 1, 2019 Oxycodone was being removed from its formulary list.  According to BWC Chief Medical Officer Terry Welsh, Oxycodone is being replaced with “an equally effective but harder to abuse drug” named Xtampza ER.  According to Welsh, “Xtampza is a … Continue reading The Ohio BWC Removed Oxycodone from the List of Approved Medications. Is Marijuana a Possible Replacement?

How to Identify and Control Chronic Opioid Use in a Workers’ Compensation Claim

A  new study by the Workers' Compensation Research Institute listed several factors that can identify which injured workers will receive opioid pain medication on a chronic basis.  The study looked at a number of factors, including the worker's age and gender; the type and size of the employer involved in the claim; as well as the … Continue reading How to Identify and Control Chronic Opioid Use in a Workers’ Compensation Claim

New Study Links Opioids to Workers’ Compensation Claims

A study published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that workers’ compensation claimants have a high proportion of persistent opioid use.  A link to the study can be found here. The report found that 30 percent of injured workers prescribed opioids are still taking them 3 months after their injuries; … Continue reading New Study Links Opioids to Workers’ Compensation Claims

Why is the Ohio BWC Paying Employers to Hire Workers with a History of Opioid Abuse?

On September 10, 2018 the Ohio BWC issued a press release announcing a new pilot program. The BWC's Opioid Workplace Safety Program will provide up to $5 million over two years to help employers in Montgomery, Ross and Scioto counties hire, manage and retrain workers in recovery.  The pilot program's launch is scheduled for October 15, 2018. … Continue reading Why is the Ohio BWC Paying Employers to Hire Workers with a History of Opioid Abuse?