Despite significant reductions in recent years, opioids continue to be widely distributed to workers with work-related injuries in several states, according to a study released Thursday by the Workers' Compensation Research Institute. studied factors associated with long-term opioid use and found that the strongest predictor of such use is opioid prescribing early in a statement.
Specifically, the study found that among workers with three days' supply of opioids or less within 90 days, 5% received opioids for longer periods. Among workers with eight to 14 days of delivery, 7% received long-term prescriptions. For those whose first filling was 15 to 30 days delivery, this figure was 9%. Among workers with more than 30 days of delivery, 1
The study also revealed other factors associated with the long-term distribution of opioids, including: whether an injured worker received a greater number of days' supply of opioids early after an injury; took a higher total dose of opioids during the first 90-day period; at the same time received opioids and other depressants in the central nervous system; had three or more opioid prescriptions during the first 90 days after the injury, compared to those who received one or two opioid prescriptions; and experienced a long time between an injury and the initial opioid prescription.
Data for the study included workers in 33 states with more than seven days of lost time who suffered injuries in 2016.