Preventing opioid abuse. Medical professionals are finding there are many opportunities to prevent workers' comp cases from going down the path to opioid abuse. (Photo: Shutterstock)

When employees injure themselves at work, a potentially lethal risk may ensue — they may be prescribed and become addicted to an opioid painkiller. As we know, the United States is currently experiencing an opioid epidemic — with 130 people dying every day from opioid overdoses. And in many cases, the addiction began with a work-related injury.

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