Opioid addiction has become a major epidemic in Boston and across the U.S. It is also become a hot topic for politicians and media outlets. While Massachusetts has long suffered from a major problem with heroin addiction, many times it begins with workers injured on the job who start taking painkillers such as opioids like Vicodin and Oxycontin. Once these injured workers become hooked on painkillers, the habit is often very difficult kick, even once the drugs are no longer medically necessary to fight the pain from the initial injury.
In an effort to address this issue, as discussed in a recent news article from the Union Leader, New Hampshire is looking to follow Massachusetts’ lead with respect to the two-year pilot program they started to get injured workers off dangerous and addictive opioids. Continue reading