Medical Marijuana and Opioid Practice

The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic.  Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S.  Out of more than 52,000 overdoses in 2015, there were 20,101 of those deaths related to prescription pain relievers and another 12,000 related to heroin, according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine. 

This crisis is now the subject of litigation and is affecting businesses, schools, workplaces and the healthcare industry.

One out of 10 injured workers in Pennsylvania is a long-term opioid user, according to an Associated Press report from April 2017, on workers’ compensation programs fighting addiction nationwide.  According to a survey by CompPharma, an industry group, more than $1.5 billion was spent on opioids by workers’ compensation insurers in 2015.

Employers and companies are trying to navigate changing laws and policies and know that there is a constant risk of legal problems. 

At Weber Gallagher, we have handled opioid-related cases in the areas of workers’ compensation, employment, medical malpractice, the hospitality industry and education. We also defend doctors and other healthcare professionals in lawsuits and investigations involving prisoners’ claims that they are being denied opiates or limited in their access to opiates while incarcerated.   We are equipped to defend employers, doctors, hospitals and healthcare institutions in matters involving:

  • Liability in prescribing opioids at colleges and universities
  • Drug testing at schools and workplaces
  • Employees with addiction issues
  • Medical professionals prescribing opioids
  • What employee handbooks need to say about opioids
  • Overprescribing of opioids
  • Pre-employment and employee drug testing (random and scheduled)
  • Opioids and the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Alternative methods of pain management
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