The following guest post by local claimant attorney Gregory J. Hubachek and D. Kirkhoff Brainard is the second in a two part series addressing solutions to Louisiana’s opioid epidemic. It is one of several policy papers addressing key issues for discussion in the 2016 Legislative Session. Below, Hubachek and Brainard discuss alternatives to a closed formulary for curbing opioid abuse in our state, placing particular emphasis on prescription drug monitoring databases and alternative therapies.
Bob Burke, author of the following editorial on Oklahoma’s opt-out or “Option” system, is a former Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce and Secretary of Industrial Development, served as Chairman of the Legal Committee of the Fallin Commission on Workers’ Compensation Reform and has spent 16 years as a member of the Oklahoma Advisory Council on Workers’ Compensation. Burke also rewrote the entire Oklahoma workers’ compensation statute in 2011 and has represented injured workers for 35 years.