Opioids and Pain Management in Workers’ Compensation

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Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription pain medication such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine and morphine. While opioids can be effective in managing pain, they also come with the risk of dependence, addiction, and other adverse effects.

In the past, doctors in Georgia, like in many other states, commonly prescribed opioids to injured workers to manage their pain. However, due to the opioid epidemic and growing concerns about addiction and abuse, many states, including Georgia, have taken measures to address this issue and promote safer pain management alternatives.

In Georgia, there have been efforts to implement opioid guidelines and rules for healthcare providers treating injured workers. These guidelines aim to encourage the responsible use of opioids while emphasizing alternative treatments for pain management. They may include requirements for periodic reviews, drug testing, and the use of prescription drug monitoring programs to prevent misuse and overprescription.

If you or someone you know has a workers’ compensation claim and are having issues with pain management or you are not happy with your pain management physician, we can help. We pride ourselves on making sure that our clients receive appropriate treatment from reputable pain management doctors. When you suffer a serious injury at work, it is crucial to seek advice from an experienced attorney who specializes in workers’ compensation cases. At Sadow & Froy, we can help you navigate the complexities of the system and ensure that you receive the appropriate benefits and medical treatment for your work-related injury.