Ontario’s Ban on OxyContin Could Encourage Addicts to Seek Help; May Look to Their Disability Insurance Benefits During Rehabilitation

Ontario’s Ban on OxyContin Could Encourage Addicts to Seek Help; May Look to Their Disability Insurance Benefits During Rehabilitation

OxyContin Banned In Ontario

The province recently placed a ban on the powerful and addictive painkiller, OxyContin, and made a changeover to a drug manufactured by the same company called OxyNeo. This tablet is allegedly harder to abuse since it is difficult to crush and subsequently chew, snort or inject.

While OxyContin has been banned in order to reduce abuse, public health officials are expressing concern for those with addictions who are currently experiencing withdrawals now that supply of the drug is dwindling and is soon-to-be nonexistent. Rehabilitation programs are already at capacity in Toronto. What’s worse, some people are not seeking help for their addiction and instead are turning to illicit drugs such as heroin to fill the void that OxyContin has left behind.

Addiction May Be Covered Under Your Group Or Private Insurance

For those who are ready to get help for their addiction and are seeking treatment, it may be a huge relief to know that your group or private insurance policy might cover addiction as an illness. This means you may be eligible for benefits when you are in rehabilitation and unable to work. Check out the wording in your policy or benefits booklet to be sure. If the high cost of rehab is the difference between you getting help or struggling with your addiction alone, it doesn’t hurt to look over your policy.

Short-term benefits will cover most treatment periods; however, if you find yourself relapsing over a long period of time and your doctors believe your addiction is leaving you unable to work, you should then apply for long-term disability benefits. If your insurance company denies you even though your policy states that it covers addictions, give our office a call to discuss the reason for their denial. We may be able to fight for the benefits you need.


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