Safe Use of Medications

Safe Use of Medications

Effective Dates

June 30, 2019 - June 30, 2022

Policy Code


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.

Safe Use of Medications

December 31, 2009 - June 29, 2019 | HC-02 | Policies prior to July 1, 2022

Merits and Justice of the Case

December 31, 2013 - June 30, 2022 | EN-02 | Policies prior to July 1, 2022

Subsequent Disorders or Conditions Resulting from a Work-Related Injury

June 30, 2008 - June 30, 2022 | EN-10 | Policies prior to July 1, 2022

Mitigation of Loss

June 30, 2012 - June 30, 2022 | RE-03 | Policies prior to July 1, 2022