When I posted Penn Waste Co. CEO Scott Wagner's complaint , in support of Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett's recent comments, that Pa. workers are often idle because they abuse drugs, get too much workers' compensation and unemployment insurance, and won't labor for low wages, his letter drew thousands of readers (also dozens of comments, some more coherent than others.)
I also ran it past the most able (and personally conservative) workers' comp lawyer of my acquaintance -- my brother Richard R. DiStefano who's represented both employers and workers during his 28-year practice -- and asked for his reality check. He wrote:
In my experience, there is undeniably a problem with druggies, but it is not as widespread as Mr. Wagner suggests, nor is it limited to the workers' comp. system...
Most of the larger insurance companies and administrators I deal with have nurses on staff to monitor drugs well known to be abused and re-sold on the market. I wonder which workers' comp insurance company. Mr. Wagner has.