Advocating Care and Compliance: Preventing Drug Addiction Among Injured and Ill Employees

DMEC Staff@Work

OpioidsBy Teresa Bartlett, MD

Senior Vice President, Medical Quality
Sedgwick

Opioid overuse has become a U.S. crisis, raising employers’ concerns about related work injuries and absence, productivity, job safety, and liability for actions of affected employees. In workers’ compensation (WC) treatment, an advocacy approach can help injured and ill workers return to healthy, productive lives without opioids. Some employers are exploring ways to apply advocacy-based best practices across both WC and non-occupational cases.

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