Back injuries are one of the most common causes of workers' compensation claims. And given America's well-developed pharmaceutical industry, this has created a tendency to rely too much on opioid drugs to provide pain relief.
Recovery from workplace injuries often involves the use of medication to manage the pain. This is as it should be, in a healthcare system that is equipped to minimize the suffering of injured workers.
What is it about doctors that makes their handwriting so illegible? We've all heard jokes about how hard it can be to read the chicken scratch on prescription orders, but what isn't funny are the deadly mistakes that can happen when patients get the wrong pills because a written prescription was misunderstood.
The smoking-cessation drug Chantix appears to be a dangerous product, with risks that outweigh its benefits, according to Dr. Curt Furberg of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. He is the co-author of a new study that shows people taking Chantix are far more likely to attempt suicide and experience serious depression than people using other types of smoking-cessation treatments.