A new study, Longer-Term Use of Opioids, 2nd Edition, from the
In most states, the percentage of claims with opioids that received opioids on a longer-term basis changed little, within 2 percentage points, between 2008/2010 and 2010/2012, according to the study.
The study examined the prevalence of longer-term use of opioids in 25 states and how often the services recommended by medical treatment guidelines were used for monitoring and managing chronic opioid therapy. The recommended services include drug testing and psychological evaluations and treatment, which may help prevent opioid misuse resulting in addiction and even overdose deaths.
The study found a sizable increase across states in the use of drug testing over the study period. However, in some states, the percentage of longer-term opioid users who received these services was still low. The study also reported low use of psychological evaluations, which remained low over the study period.
"The issue this study addresses is very serious, which is how often doctors followed recommended treatment guidelines for monitoring injured workers who are longer-term users of opioids," said Dr.
The study found longer-term opioid use was most prevalent in
The study is based on approximately 264,000 workers' compensation claims and 1.5 million prescriptions associated with those claims from 25 states. The claims represent injuries arising from
The following states are included in this study:
To purchase a copy of this study, click on the following link: http://www.wcrinet.org/result/longer_term_use_of_opioids2_result.html.
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