Interesting take on how rural ̶w̶h̶i̶t̶e̶s̶ workers got hooked on opioids,
“Patients in rural areas may be getting more painkillers as a stopgap until they can see a specialist, who may be far away.
Michael Boeger, chief of the Missouri Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, agrees with that. He previously worked investigating workers’ compensation claims, and said he often saw doctors giving out painkillers to injured workers until they could see a specialist. For rural workers, specialists could be many miles away, and appointments would take longer to get.”
So see, their addition is not their fault, their pain is physical, very real. Unlike ̶b̶l̶a̶c̶k̶ urban addicts whose pain is the result of not showing grit or pulling themselves up by the bootstraps.
Workers’ Comp Study Shows Rural Workers Hurt On The Job More Likely To Get Opioids
A study of workplace injuries in 27 states, including Missouri and Illinois, shows rural workers injured on the job received prescriptions for opioid pain