Orlando Workers Comp: Opioids Contribute to High Drug Over Dose Deaths
One of the most prominent issues in Orlando’s workers comp insurance is a nationwide trend of opioid abuse. In many cases, it increases the chance of addiction, prolongs employees’ return to work after an injury and can drive up healthcare costs significantly.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), drug overdose deaths increased for the 11th consecutive year in 2010. The CDC analysis shows that 38,329 people died from a drug overdose in 2010, up from 37,004 deaths in 2009. Of the drug overdose deaths, nearly 60 percent involved pharmaceutical drugs. Researchers also found that drugs that were typically prescribed for mental health conditions were involved in a significant number of pharmaceutical overdose deaths.
The findings come on a wave of concerns about the rampant use of opioid painkillers. Actions to curb the use of prescription opioids are occurring at national, state and local levels as well as non-governmental organizations. The federal government is tracking prescription drug overdose trends to better understand the epidemic. New opioid formulations and products are being developed that would deter abuse and decrease the chance of addiction. And community efforts with healthcare providers and organizations across the United States are providing education and awareness of the dangers of opioid abuse and counseling patients on the safe use of these drugs.
Drug makers are also joining in on the battle. According to the Washington Post, drug makers are devising new forms of the medicines that don’t lead to misuse and new products that treat prescription pill dependency. One such example is Nektar Therapeutics, who is researching an experimental medicine designed to enter the brain slowly, reducing the sense of euphoria that can lead to addiction. Other drug makers are focused on crush resistant versions that are less valuable to non-prescription users.
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