May 24, 2018

WorkCompRecap: Dramatically Reduced!

Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of results from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health that found a crackdown on Florida’s “pill mills” appears to have dramatically reduced the number of overdose deaths in the state and may have even led to a drop in heroin overdose deaths as well.

The researchers compared Florida before and after the implementation of pill mill laws with North Carolina, which had similar trends in opioid overdose death rates before 2010 and no new restrictions on pill mills during the study period. Their results estimated that 1,029 fewer people died in Florida over the three years, and that from March of 2010 on, opioid overdose death rates in Florida continued to be lower than projected.

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