How a work injury can lead to an opioid dependency

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“That might seem strange since Shapiro is a lawyer who handles claims for injured workers in North Carolina. Starting May 1, new rules will go into effect that limit and control the prescription of opioids in North Carolina workers’ compensation claims. “How do people become addicted to opioids? Many are injured at work. Doctors and pain clinics prescribe opioids for their pain,” explains Shapiro. “These drugs can be useful in controlling pain, but over-prescription can be dangerous. Opioids are so addictive that very soon the injured worker may be consumed by the urge to get more and more opioids. The…

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