Benzos, Opioids and Mental Health Disorders
Benzodiazepines (Benzos for short) are a type of psychoactive drugs that we commonly classify as minor tranquilizers. Valium, Xanax and Lorazepam are but a few of the drug names we recognize.
I’m linking to a couple of articles that address the risks of opioid and benzo combinations, and the prevalence of opioid usage on workers’ comp claims that involve mental health. The first is from Quest Diagnostics, and it highlights the serious health risks from the potentially lethal mixture of these drugs.
The second is a study from the California Workers’ Compensation Institute, and it examines the impact on workers’ comp when a mental health disorder is prevalent and opioids are prescribed.
The takeaway from these studies is that your claimants are vulnerable to drug overdoses, addiction and serious health side effects, and your claims expenses will soar. Drugs that might not otherwise be deadly become so when combined with benzos.
Doing better requires the right physician, the right nurse case manager, and the right pharmacy UR. We have been fighting the benzo fight for as long as we have been fighting the opioid fight. These findings are not news to us.
Call us. We can do better.