Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the California WCIRB’s recent release of a new report, Study of Chronic Opioid Use and Weaning in California Workers’ Compensation, which seeks to understand cost implications of chronic opioid use and the process of weaning injured workers off of opioids.
Key findings from the study included that chronic opioid usage built gradually. The average claim in the study reached the chronic opioid usage threshold in 11 months from the date of injury. Weaning processes typically involved gradual decreases in opioid prescriptions combined with a mix of alternative non-drug treatments and non-narcotic drugs. Almost half of the study claims demonstrating chronic opioid usage weaned off of opioids completely within 24 months from the date of injury. On the cost front, claims involving chronic opioid use cost more than nine times in physician services than the average workers’ comp claim.
Find out more (including a link to the free report!) by clicking here!