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Can opioids really help injured workers get back to work sooner?

The relationship between opioids and the number of Americans in the workplace is looking increasingly complicated.

America’s opioid addiction crisis is devastating families and costing the country billions of dollars. And yet when used to treat pain appropriately, opioids can also help people — especially women — stay in the workforce, when they would have otherwise dropped out, a recent study from Princeton University concluded.

How do opioids affect workers’ compensation after they’re injured on the job? That’s the question asked by a new study from researchers at the Workers Compensation Research Institute in Cambridge, Mass., the Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon, N.H.

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