Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of some new findings from pain medication monitoring provider Ameritox from their large scale analysis of 725,679 urine drug monitoring samples from chronic pain patients aged 50 and older. While not specifically Workers’ Comp focused, the results point out some interesting facts surrounding use and misuse of opioids.
Perhaps the most central finding was that data suggests that older pain patients have the same issues with potential non-adherence and medication misuse as the overall chronic-pain population, despite some common perceptions that only the young should be focused on. Also of note from the findings was the fact that over a quarter of the samples contained a prescription drug not prescribed by the doctor ordering the monitoring test.
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