Is Opioid Use Under Control in Workers’ Compensation?

With the recent publication of the ACOEM Guidelines for Opioid Use and new guidelines from the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) that include very specific recommendations to monitor opioid use, the question was raised generically as to whether opioid use is under control in workers’ compensation.  Certainly, with greater specificity in Morphine Equivalent Dosage (MED) directives, reducing the maximum threshold for potential concern […]...Read more

Opioids As They Were Intended…. Comfort At End of Life

In an environment where we cringe each time we see  one more article on opioid use, it’s easy to forget the primary reason these medications were developed …. pain management in terminal illness and at end of life.  David DePaolo’s recent post was both powerful and informative. He contrasts the peace that opioids can bring for those who are at the end of their fight […]...Read more

Things My Mother Taught Me

She taught me a LOT! My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE. ³If you¹re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.² My mother taught me RELIGION. ³You better pray that will come out of the carpet.² My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL. ³If you don¹t straighten […]...Read more