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Oklahoma awarded $572 million in opioid lawsuit

Lawsuit against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson for role in the opioid crisis results in $572 million award. NPR is reporting that pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has been hit with a $572 million award for its role in the opioid crisis. The lawsuit was brought by the State of Oklahoma and is the first […]

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Opioid prescriptions continue to decline in Michigan but people are still dying

Update on the opioid crisis in Michigan and why addiction treatment is critical to solving this big problem. The Detroit Free Press is reporting that opioid prescriptions in Michigan have dropped again last year. Prescriptions declined 15 percent between 2017 and 2018. This follows a previous drop of 10.7 percent. Despite this progress – the […]

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Opioid distributor faces criminal charges

Federal prosecutors file criminal charges against opioid distributor and what Michigan employees on workers’ compensation need to know about their legal rights. The Washington Post reports the U.S. Government has filed criminal charges against a major opioid distributor and two of its former executives. This is the first-time criminal penalties have been used against one […]

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New record for opioid deaths in Michigan

Opioid addiction is a health crisis as record number of people die from overdose. The Detroit Free Press has reported that overdose deaths from opioids reached a record high last year. Data shows 2,729 people lost their lives from an opioid-related overdose in 2017. This represents a 9% increase from the year before. We are […]

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$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 […]

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Opioids no better than over-the-counter painkillers

New study shows opioids are no better than over-the-counter pain medication in emergency room setting. A fascinating article was published by Vox challenging big assumptions about acute pain treatment in emergency room settings. The article looked at a new study from researchers at Albany Medical College and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. […]

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Opioid reimbursement under workers’ comp

What your physician needs to know about workers’ comp and opioid reimbursement rules in Michigan. Michigan has seen a dramatic reduction (37%) in opioid prescriptions for patients on workers’ comp. This decrease has been attributed to new administrative rules that were adopted in 2014. Reimbursement for opioids under workers’ comp are no longer authorized beyond […]

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Help with addiction is just a telephone call away

Warning for individuals taking prescription opioids and why help for addiction is just a telephone call away. We have blogged about the opioid crisis on several different occasions. President Trump just declared it to be a national emergency. This will free up federal dollars for additional treatment programs. Treating symptoms of chronic pain can be […]

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Battle against opioid epidemic takes shape

Michigan attorney general launches new criminal unit to prosecute illegal trafficking of opioids and stop doctors who overprescribe pain medications. We have previously blogged about the opioid epidemic. How workers’ comp patients become dependent on pain medication and it ends up prolonging disability. Clients who struggle with addiction are encouraged to seek professional help. Opioids […]

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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 […]

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