The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is paying for Deterra bags to be distributed to workers injured on the job for leftover medication.
The article mentions that Jason Sundby wants to get Medicare and Medicaid to prescribe the bags with pills, and eventually private insurance companies to do so.
Injured workers often are prescribed painkillers, and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is enacting what appears to be a unique policy to try to ensure any leftover drugs don’t get into the wrong hands.
The Ohio agency that deals with workers injured on the job started this month paying for disposal bags for opioid prescription pills not consumed by the patient. Believed to be the first state workers’ compensation agency to start such a program, the effort is to try to stop substance abuse before it starts.