|(Left to right) Jag Desai, MD, Nancy J. Johnson, Esq., Jon L. Gelman, Esq,|
Christopher P. Gargano, Esq., Mark B. Zirulnik, Esq., Hon Joanne Downey, Member of the NJ General Assembly
Photo Credit: Margaret Sherlock
It became obvious during the roundtable program that opioid abuse over the last two or three decades has become an epidemic in nature and the impact to injured workers, employers, and the workers' compensation system has increased enormously.
While the Workers' Compensation Act was not embraced expressly in the text of the legislation, Assemblywoman Downey spoke of her continuing concern and commitment to review the issue further. Ms. Downey told the audience that she would continue to address substance abuse in the workplace going forward and more specifically treatment issues and integration into the NJ workers' compensation system.
The Ethics of Pain Management
The Workers’ Compensation Bench/Bar Conference
May 19, 2017
Round Table Discussion Bibliography
P.L.2017, c.28 (Passed) 2017-02-15 S3 Requires health insurance coverage for treatment of substance use disorders; places certain restrictions on the prescription of opioid and certain other drugs; concerns continuing education related thereto.
New Jersey State Sources
Roll Call: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillView.asp
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