Strategies For Injured Workers
In general, any kind of medication can have long lasting effects on your mental and physical state. For example, ibuprofen can cause gastrointestinal issues and acetaminophen can lead to liver damage. Opioids, which also have the ability to result in long term physical pain and effects, can also be highly addictive. However, there are some cases where opioids can be weaned off of easier than alcohol.
If you have injured workers that are utilizing opioids to address their physical traumas, it is imperative to have them re-evaluate their opioid doses to see if there are replacement therapies such as nerve pain ointments or other medications. Also of importance is providing a place for your workers to apply coping mechanisms in the event they experience withdrawal or other opioid-related phenonoma that may result in further health complications.