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Attorneys Say Workers Need Alternative Treatments as Opioids Continue to Decline

By Susanna Speier (Correspondent )

Monday, December 2, 2019 | 1334 | 0 | 78 min read

The California Workers' Compensation Institute announced that the state’s effort to curb opioid addiction saved $6.5 billion over a 10-year period — a staggering, giant sequoia-scale achievement for the most populous state in the country to boast about, but also a source of concern for attorneys who say their clients struggle to get authorization for alternative pain treatments. The state already has one of the lowest per capita death rates from an epidemic that has annihilated economies in the nation’s more rural states. According to the National Institute of Drug ...

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