WCRI Conference Session: Impact of Opioids & Prescription Drugs on the Workplace

November 28, 2017

During this session, WCRI will be unveiling its latest research on how opioids impact return to work for injured workers. We have also invited the National Safety Council to discuss the results from a recent survey they commissioned on how American employers are dealing with prescription drugs in the workplace. Lastly, one of our members from a large employer will share what her company is doing to address these important issues.

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Gov. Baker mentions WCRI’s research as he unveils new legislation to combat the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts.

November 21, 2017

Last week, Gov. Charlie Baker proposed a new, multifaceted piece of legislation designed to combat the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts. The legislation is called the CARE Act, which stands for an Act Relative to Combating Addiction, Accessing Treatment, Reducing Prescriptions, and Enhancing Prevention.

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Paduda: WCRI’s Conference Is “A Must-Do.”

November 21, 2017

Thanks to Joe Paduda for mentioning our upcoming annual workers' compensation conference (March 22 and 23, in Boston, MA) in his blog yesterday. As Joe said, "sign up soon" as WCRI's conference is "a must-do." Click here to learn more about the conference or to register.

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A Discussion Worth Watching

October 5, 2017

As we put together the agenda for next year's WCRI Annual Issues & Research Conference (March 22 and 23, 2018, in Boston, MA), we wanted to share with you an example of a session from our last annual conference. 

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We Hope You Had A Great Summer!

September 21, 2017

Today is the last official day of summer. With the changing of the seasons (and temperature) in Cambridge there is excitement in the air about the year ahead, reports we are getting ready to publish, topics we are going to study, and our annual conference. 

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Giving Back

August 21, 2017

This past Friday, WCRI was proud to volunteer at Cradles to Crayons in Massachusetts to put packages together (i.e., toys, school supplies, clothes, etc.) for needy children. Photos from the event may be viewed on our Facebook page.  ‬

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Member Spotlight: Mike Fenlon, United Parcel Service (UPS)

August 9, 2017

Recently, we had the opportunity to talk to one of our long-time members, Mike Fenlon of United Parcel Service (UPS), about how he came to know the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), why UPS became a member of WCRI, and what value he derives from membership. Mike heads global corporate risk management for UPS, which is the world’s largest package delivery company serving more than 220 countries and territories.

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Updating Massachusetts Legislators on Our Latest Opioid Research

July 25, 2017

Yesterday, we were invited to brief the Boston Delegation (Massachusetts State Senators and Representatives that represent parts of Boston) up at the Massachusetts State House on WCRI's latest opioid research. Dr. John Ruser, WCRI’s president and CEO, presented findings from the following studies....

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Spotlight: Concomitant Use of Opioids and Benzodiazepines, Other Central Nervous System Depressants

July 5, 2017

In our recent study, Interstate Variations on Use of Opioids, 4th Edition, WCRI looked at the concomitant use of opioids and other central nervous system depressants such as benzodiazepines (Valium® and Xanax®), muscle relaxants (Soma® and Flexeril®), and sedatives (Ambien®) among injured workers.

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Two New Videos Promote WCRI’s Annual Conference and Membership

June 22, 2017

We have added two new videos to our website to promote membership and our annual conference. In both videos, current members explain why they joined WCRI and attend our annual conference. We are grateful for their participation. To watch either video, click on the links below and go to the bottom of the page.

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First Quarter Impact 2017 (1/1/17 - 3/31/17)

April 12, 2017

In states large and small, our work continues to be actively used by a diverse group of public officials and stakeholders, resulting in better, more informed decision making. Below is a sample of where our work was used over the last three months.

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2017 WCRI Annual Report + Research Review

March 16, 2017

We would like to share with you a copy of our 2017 WCRI Annual Report + Research Review. Among the report's many features is a list of the impact our research had last year in helping policymakers and other stakeholders make more informed decisions.

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Another Record-Breaking Year for Conference Attendance

March 7, 2017

Thank you to the over 400 people who helped make WCRI’s 33rd Annual Research & Issues Conference such a tremendous success.  

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Full WCRI Conference Agenda Now Online

January 17, 2017

We are less than two months away from our 33rd Annual Issues & Research Conference (March 2-3, 2017) in Boston, Massachusetts. This will be one of our most exciting conferences yet, tackling issues critical to state workers compensation systems today and for years to come. 

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Start Off 2017 Right

January 4, 2017

Happy New Year! The start of a new year is the perfect time to make a resolution. 
Start off 2017 right: resolve to gain new insights and a better understanding of key issues in today's complex environment by attending WCRI's 33rd Annual Issues & Research Conference (March 2-3, 2017) in Boston, MA.

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