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Policy Purpose

The WCB is committed to supporting injured workers during their recovery process and return to health and work.  The WCB pays for medical services and treatments that contribute to a better quality of life for injured workers through the improvement of functional ability.  The WCB supports the appropriate use of opioid medication when the reduction of pain after an injury is associated with an improvement in function.  The WCB also supports the use of other effective treatments that lessen pain and improve function.   

Addiction, overdose and illegal usage are problems associated with opioid use.  The WCB, injured workers and health care professionals have important roles to play in ensuring that opioid medications are used safely.

The WCB also strives to improve patient care through cooperation and communication with professionals in health care disciplines.