Workplace Safety and Prescribed Medications in Chronic Pain Patients

March 08, 2018 3:00AM

Employers are obliged to provide a safe work environment for employees. Unions are concerned for the safety of their members while at work. Assisting workers in achieving a safe and sustainable return to work after illness or injury has always been an appropriate goal of treatment. However, North American workplaces are increasingly challenged with how to address prescription and over-the-counter medication use by employees, while ensuring a safe working environment, given the dramatic increase in the number of prescriptions written by physicians in recent years.


Learning objectives:
• Understand the perspectives and concerns of different stakeholders regarding a safe workplace and 'medication'-related workplace impairment, especially for safety-sensitive workers
• Review the risks of the main medication groups used in treatment of patients with chronic pain
• Be able to consolidate your thoughts so that your organization can define its approach to safe workplace placement for patients with chronic pain who are using prescribed drugs


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