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Policy HC-02 - Safe Use of Medications

Effective Dates

July 1, 2019 and still in effect


Health Care Services

General Information


Section 36 of the Workers’ Compensation Act S.Y. 2008, c. 12 (the Act) states that Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board (YWCHSB) may provide payment for health care assistance. This includes medications appropriate to treat an injured worker’s work-related injury and any associated subsequent disorders that arise from the work-related injury.



There can be risks and negative side effects associated with any medication. In particular, opioids (narcotic pain medication) can be harmful if not used safely and monitored appropriately. This policy establishes parameters for the appropriate coverage and safe use of medications, including opioids, in the treatment of workrelated injuries.

It outlines the responsibilities of the injured worker, the prescribing medical practitioner and YWCHSB.