Study shows opioids prescribed in workers’ compensation claims dropping

A new study from the non-profit research organization Workers’ Compensation Research Institute shows “noticeable decreases” in the amount of opioids being prescribed per workers’ compensation claim. The study evaluated 25 states between March 2012 and March 2014.

The reductions ranged from 20% to 31% in the states of Massachusetts, Texas, Maryland, Michigan, Oklahoma, and North Carolina. Other findings of the study showed that 65% to 80% of injured workers who filed for nonsurgical claims and could not report to work for at least seven days received opioids. The states with the highest amount of opioids received were in New York, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana. The simultaneous use of opioids and benzodiazepines was seen in 1% to 9% of wounded employees. Use of both opioids and muscle relaxants comprised 30% to 45% of claims.

The attorneys at Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, provide legal services for injured workers in Raleigh and other areas of North Carolina. We can help you receive your workers’ compensation benefits and pay for treatment with your workers’ compensation claim. Call our offices at (919) 851-3311 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team.