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Shining a Light on MEDs: Understanding Morphine Equivalent Dose

by User Not Found | Jul 15, 2015

July 2015
​In the workers’ compensation industry, 60.2% of claimants utilize opioid analgesics for the treatment of pain caused by a workplace injury. But with the use of opioids also comes inherent risks, such as addiction, tolerance, dependence, misuse, abuse, and even death. Because of this, it is important to understand the potency of the medications being prescribed and when additional caution and monitoring is warranted. That is what the morphine equivalent dose (MED) helps provide. This paper explains what MEDs are, how they are used in workers' compensation, and provides case studies on determining calculations. Click here to read more.