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Heroin, Pot and Workers' Comp

By Peter Rousmaniere (Featured Columnist)

Monday, December 21, 2015 | 1377 | 1 | min read

If a new occupational risk were to emerge to cripple workers and burden employers and insurers with tens of billions of dollars in costs, how would people respond? The history of the past three decades suggests that it takes seven to ten years for a consensus for action to form, and another seven to ten years to act with significant widespread impact.  The history of prescribed opioids and football concussions suggest this to be the case.  The risk becomes more transparent, responses begin with half measures then become more convincing, and entangled secondary effects emerge.  ...

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