Music icon’s death linked to opioids

Recording artist Prince dies from accidental drug overdose and a warning for individuals on workers’ compensation who are taking prescription opioids.

We saw two news items last week on the growing problem of opioid abuse. This is an important topic and both articles are worth reading.

CNN has reported that music icon Prince died from an opioid overdose. None of the medications found in his home were prescribed to him. There is an ongoing investigation as to how these painkillers were obtained.

The Detroit Free Press also picked up an AP story on workers’ compensation and opioid abuse. Injured workers across the nation are battling addiction and states are looking for ways to deal with this problem.

Opioid addiction in Michigan

We have seen opioid addiction rear its ugly head with some of our own clients. It is important to remember that help is available for people who develop addiction to painkillers and it should be paid under workers’ compensation. This includes inpatient treatment facilities and other prescription medications. Please reach out if you or someone you love is battling from opioid addiction!

Michigan workers’ compensation law was recently changed and now prohibits reimbursement for opioids beyond 90 days unless detailed physician reporting requirements and other processes are met. Prescription rates in Michigan have dropped 31% from 2012 through 2014.

Unfortunately, some insurance companies are now exploiting this change and disputing payment in many cases. It is important to challenge unfair decisions with evidence from a treating doctor. Contact an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer for help.

Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers never charges a fee to evaluate a potential case. Our law firm has represented injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years. Call (844) 201-9497 for a free consultation today.

Related information:

Michigan sees 31% drop in opioid prescriptions

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