PRESCRIPTION OPIOID USE IN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH CARE
REDUCING RISK AND IMPROVING SAFETY
The widespread use of opioids has been characterized as the worst man-made epidemic in modern medical history. From 1999 to 2015, more than 183,000 people died in the U.S. from overdose related to prescription opioids.
Opioid use has a significant impact on occupational health services delivered to injured workers through the workers' compensation system. Dr. Wickizer will review the nature and scope of the opioid problem within both workers' compensation and the general population and will summarize the state of current initiatives aimed at addressing this public health crisis.
Thomas Wickizer, PhD
Chair and Stephen F. Loebs Professor
College of Public Health
Ohio State University
A widely respected expert in the areas of health services research and health policy, Dr. Wickizer specializes in health economic analysis, workers’ compensation medical care, health care improvement, and quality of care assessment. He has done extensive research in the areas of substance abuse effects and treatment, health outcomes assessment and effects of quality improvement initiatives.
2:30 - 3:30 pm
Final Registration, Reception, and Poster Session
Light refreshments will be served
3:30 - 4:45 pm
Presentation and Discussion Session
4:45 - 5:30 pm
The NORA Symposium is co-sponsored by the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (MCOHS) and the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH).