Yukon Workers' Compensation Health and Safety Board

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Policies

Policy HC-02 - Safe Use of Medications

Effective Dates

January 1, 2010 and still in effect

Series

Health Care Services

General Information

Section 36 of the Workers’ Compensation Act S.Y. 2008 (the Act) states that the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board (YWCHSB) may provide payment for health care assistance. This includes medications appropriate to treat an injured worker’s compensable injury and any associated subsequent disorders that arise from the compensable injury.

Purpose

There can be risks and negative side effects associated with any medication. In particular, opioids (narcotic pain medication) can be harmful if not used safely and monitored appropriately. This policy establishes parameters for the appropriate coverage and safe use of medications, including opioids, in the treatment of compensable injuries. It outlines the responsibilities of the injured worker, the prescribing medical practitioner, the dispensing agency and the YWCHSB.