Environmental Health & Safety Breakfast - The Opioid Epidemic: Impact on Workers and Employers
Did you know that Opioid addiction can start with treatment of a workplace injury? The North Carolina Industrial Commission now limits narcotics to 5 days and the US Congress says that the FDA can mandate a 3-day opioid pre-packaging. But how does an opioid addiction impact Union County employers? Can it impact your bottom line?
At this first Environmental Health & Safety Breakfast of the year, Dr. Lawrence Raymond, Director of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Atrium Health shares with the Chamber some of the things you may not know about the care of an injured worker treated with opioids. Some of the things Dr. Raymond will share are:
- Opioid-treated workers have higher costs and can be on opioids for more than a year
- Workers on opioids have more compensable injuries and higher costs
- How addiction got to this point and where we are going from here
- What health care providers are doing about this
- How to prevent on-the-job injuries and alternative treatments
Please join your Chamber for breakfast, make some connections, and learn about a growing cost for many businesses and what solutions are out there!
Dr. Lawrence W. Raymond is Atrium Health's Director of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Attending Physician at Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina since 1995.
He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, and Occupational Medicine.