March 18, 2018

CA CHSWC Releases Study on Identifying Risky Opioid Prescribing Practices

Oakland, CA – The Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) is pleased to announce that the DRAFT report “Identifying Risky Opioid Prescribing Practices” and a related DRAFT Memo “Evaluation of Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Using AGREE II” have been released for posting and public comment.

In California and nationally, policymakers and individual physicians are striving to attain an elusive goal: balancing adequate pain control while minimizing the risk associated with prescription pain medication. Overdoses due to prescription opioid medication are leading to an increasing number of emergency department visits.

The report assesses screening for higher-risk prescribing practices within the workers’ compensation system, as well as information on opioid prescribing that can be used to inform the development of screening criteria for assessing opioid- prescribing risk. The ten-page memo summarizes additional evaluation of guidelines for the use of opioids to treat pain that were not included in the main report.

The Draft Report can be found here: CA CHSWC DRAFT report “Identifying Risky Opioid Prescribing Practices” (PDF)

Source: CA CHSWC

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