Opioid Prescriptions Falling Among Injured Workers

According to the Workers Compensation Research Institute, prescriptions for opioids for people with work injuries declined sharply from 2009th 2015, though the rate of decrease in Pennsylvania was slower than in most of the 26 states surveyed. The study was limited to analysis of workers who missed more than seven days from work but who did not undergo surgery. Though Pennsylvania workers compensation claimants were prescribed opioids at a rate that was 6% less than the average, Pennsylvania physicians prescribe opioids in amounts 87% higher than the average. In November 2016 Governor Wolf signed laws designed to address the state’s opioid abuse problem. The impact of these laws will not be known until the next survey.

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