The LIUNA Local 625 union announced earlier this month that it will now offer cannabis coverage in hopes that more workers will stay off of prescription opioids. The opioid crisis, fueled by the pharmaceutical companies, is responsible for thousands of deaths every year. The shift to cannabis from prescription drugs ensures a safe and healthier workforce.
By making the change, the union is sending a signal to doctors in hopes that they will follow their lead. According to Rob Petroni, one of LIUNA’s business managers, “The most important part of this is to reduce the opioid use and or abuse.” The endorsement of cannabis isn’t all inclusive, however, as for the time being, active workers will be limited on their consumption methods.
The plan to include cannabis in the union’s medical coverage won’t stat until next month. As currently drafted, workers who are retired or out on permanent disability will be have all their cannabis needs covered by the plan. Active workers’ coverage would only include cannabis oil with a low THC content. Patients have to pay up front for their cannabis but under the plan, are fully reimbursed for their purchase.
The move by LIUNA is a progressive approach to tackling a drug crisis that has grown out of control. By implementing a sound solution to the opioid problem they set an example for other organizations to follow. LIUNA has made it clear that from their perspective, if one of their workers gets off opioids, then the program will have been worth it.
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