$20M opioid conspiracy includes local doctors

Warning about opioid addiction and how medical treatment is covered under workers’ compensation in Michigan.

The Detroit News is reporting that federal agents have busted a $20M opioid conspiracy. Two doctors from Commerce Township and Southfield were indicted. It is alleged they dispensed opioids to fake patients who did not have a medical need. These drugs were then sold on the streets.

We have blogged about the opioid crisis on several occasions. How workers’ compensation patients become dependent upon these painkillers. It makes their lives worse and prolongs disability. This happens even when drugs are prescribed and used legally.

Michigan has taken steps to fight opioid abuse. Workers’ compensation rules now prohibit reimbursements for opioid treatment beyond 90 days unless detailed physician reporting requirements and other strict processes are met. A criminal unit was created to prosecute opioid crimes. Class action lawsuits have been filed against drug manufacturers.

Help is available for patients who suffer from opioid addiction. Medical treatment under workers’ compensation includes other ways to treat chronic pain. Individuals can also seek addiction treatment through inpatient or outpatient therapy. Medical treatment should be covered 100% without co-pays or deductibles. Wage loss benefits continue while a person is disabled from addiction.

We encourage anyone who is battling opioid addiction to seek help. Our attorneys will fight to make sure medical treatment and wage loss is covered. Please do not suffer in silence!

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) 316-8033 for a free consultation today.

Related information:

Opioids no better than over-the-counter painkillers

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