Workers’ Compensation

Ca. Workers' Comp. Quarterly 2015, Vol. 28, No. 3

Through the Looking Glass: the Epidemic of Therapeutic Opioids in Workers’ Compensation

KENT H. BALL, ESQ. Oakland, California

One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you
Don’t do anything at all
Go ask Alice
When she’s ten feet tall

—from "White Rabbit" by Grace Slick; Jefferson Airplane, Surrealistic Pillow, RCA Victor 1967

Drug abuse has been epidemic for years; no, decades. Remember Nancy Reagan’s naive and shallow national campaign, "Just Say No"? "Get High on Life, not Drugs." "Don’t Do Pot, Your Brain Will Rot." "Hugs, Not Drugs." Catchy, aren’t they?

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