Many injured workers in Ontario are being given an ultimatum: take potentially addictive cocktails of opioids and other pharmaceuticals, or pay for your own help, a CBCÂ Toronto investigation has revealed.
Insurers like Ontario’s WorkplaceÂ Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) are frequently refusingÂ to help injured workers who want toÂ turn to seemingly less harmful drugs like medical marijuana.
“I’m thinking [the WSIB]Â better get out of the past.”
For it’s part, the WSIBÂ says it’sÂ reducing the number of drug claims for opioidsÂ and deals with requests for medical pot “on a case-by-case basis.”Â
Sagle’sÂ spine was compressed, some of his discs were shattered, his left leg muscle was ruptured and his arch was flattened in 2016 when a roof truss fell on his shoulder.Â
He says the WSIBÂ has agreed to pay for the thousands of dollars in opioidsÂ he’s been prescribed, but won’t pay a cent for medical marijuana.
‘The more you do, the more you want to do’
SagleÂ says the opioids left him dazed, depressed andÂ often unable to leave his home. He says he was becoming increasingly unsociable and felt he was becoming addicted.
“The more you do, the more you want to doâ said Sagle. “To me it was very dangerous stuff. It was pretty well controlling my life. I said, ‘I need to get my life back, I need to do something about this.'””We have an opioid epidemic here in Canada,” said Maurice Sagle, 60, a former carpenter.
Read more:Â Ontario injured workers shut out of medical pot coverage â told to take opioids instead
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