Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of a new study from WCRI that examined the effects of Kentucky’s House Bill (HB) 1, and found fewer injured workers in Kentucky with pain medications received opioids, and they received smaller amounts on average after the law’s implementation.
The study looked at opioid dispensing to newly injured worker in the first 12 months after injury, and found that the proportion of workers with pain meds who received opioids decreased from 54% to 44% post-HB 1. Larger reductions in opioids were seen in workers who didn’t have a major surgery, with opioid measures decreasing from 48 to 35% (major surgery measures remained about the same, from 94-93%). After HB 1, the percentage workers injured in 2013 with pain medications that received only non-opioid analgesics increased by 10 percentage points, while those receiving opioid and non-opioid analgesics, or only opioids decreased by 5 percentage points each.
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