Safe Use of Medications

Safe Use of Medications

Effective Dates

December 31, 2009 - June 29, 2019

Policy Code


General Information

Section 36 of the Workers’ Compensation Act S.Y. 2008 (the Act) states that the 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 compensable injury and any associated subsequent disorders that arise from the compensable 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 compensable injuries. It outlines the responsibilities of the injured worker, the prescribing medical practitioner, the dispensing agency and the YWCHSB.

Merits and Justice of the Case

June 30, 2008 - December 16, 2013 | EN-02 | Entitlement

Subsequent Disorders or Conditions Resulting from a Work-Related Injury

June 30, 2008 and still in effect | EN-10 | Entitlement

Overview: Provision of Health Care Assistance

December 31, 2009 and still in effect | HC-01 | Health Care Services

Duty to Cooperate Part 2 of 4: Roles and Responsibilities

June 30, 2012 and still in effect | RE-02-2 | Return to Work

Duty to Cooperate Part 4 of 4: Penalties for Non Cooperation

June 30, 2012 and still in effect | RE-02-4 | Return to Work

Mitigation of Loss

June 30, 2012 and still in effect | RE-03 | Return to Work