Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features a new report from CWCI on changes in usage of Schedule II opioid painkillers to treat injured workers in California. The new study found that use of opioids has dropped for the first time in a decade, falling from 5.8% of workers’ compensation prescriptions two years ago to 3.4% of the prescriptions in the 4th quarter of 2011.
CWCI noted that interestingly, the decreases were not directly associated with any specific opioid related statutory or regulatory changes, suggesting that the reduction may reflect increased efforts by workers’ comp payers to modify medical cost containment oversight and tighten controls over the use of Schedule II opioids, as well as increased public awareness of the drugs’ risks.
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