When a work accident leaves a North Carolina worker with an injury that makes it impossible to do one's job, it is highly likely that the injured worker will seek workers' compensation benefits. Among other things, the benefits serve to alleviate the financial burden that accumulates as that person heals. Workers who receive workers' compensation benefits are unable to immediately return to their job after suffering an injury related to their job are often in a lot of pain.
Managing that pain is a part of a worker's recovery. Accordingly, opioids are often prescribed to help in the matter. While when used correctly the use of these drugs can be a good thing, because of their addictive nature, when used incorrectly, they can cause even bigger problems for the injured worker. These problems include a longer period of recovery and in some cases even a dependence on the drugs.