Pennsylvania residents may be aware of the growing, national problem of opioid abuse. It has attracted the attention of the CDC. According to the CDC, There are nearly 40,000 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. annually. Statistics show that more than half of these involve prescription drugs. Opioid-related deaths currently exceed those involving heroin and cocaine combined.
Injured workers make up a significant portion of those who are prescribed opioids for pain management. Back injuries are among the most commonplace work-related injuries. Opioids are often prescribed for the pain management of back injuries.