BWC to cover drug disposal bags for opioid prescriptions

By Miranda Williams, PharmD, RPh, Director of BWC’s Pharmacy Program In our latest step to mitigate the opioid epidemic on Ohio’s workforce, we will provide injured workers with drug disposal bags that destroy leftover opioids. Governor Mike DeWine, BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud and RecoveryOhio Director Alisha Nelson announced this new statewide effort Thursday, Oct. 17, … Continue reading BWC to cover drug disposal bags for opioid prescriptions

‘Wired for addiction’

Addiction specialist addresses work comp health symposium By Tony Gottschlich, BWC Public Information Officer Many believe drug addicts are weak-willed people of diminished moral character who choose drugs, getting high and even criminal behavior over a proper, law-abiding life. And they would be wrong, a longtime psychiatrist and addiction specialist said Friday morning at the … Continue reading ‘Wired for addiction’

Ohio prescription drug monitoring program showing positive outcomes

By Nick Trego, BWC Clinical Operations Manager Established in 2006, the Ohio Automated RX Reporting System (OARRS) is Ohio’s state wide prescription drug monitoring program. OARRS collects information on all controlled substance prescriptions written by Ohio licensed prescribers and dispensed by pharmacies across the state. The OARRS data base can be accessed by pharmacists, prescribers … Continue reading Ohio prescription drug monitoring program showing positive outcomes

Opioid education: the dangers of addiction and dependence

By Nick Trego, BWC Clinical Operations Manager Opioid analgesics are potent pain relieving medications that can cause numerous side effects that range from itching to chronic constipation to hormone deficiencies. The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) considers opioid analgesics to be dangerous drugs with a high potential for abuse and with use potentially leading … Continue reading Opioid education: the dangers of addiction and dependence