Longer-Term Use of Opioids, 3rd Edition

By Dongchun Wang

June 1, 2016 Related Topics: Prescription Drugs and Opioids

The study examines the prevalence and trends 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.

This study uses data comprising over 300,000 nonsurgical workers’ compensation claims with more than seven days of lost time and over 1 million prescriptions associated with these claims from 25 states. The study is focused on two time periods, with the latest period covering claims with injuries arising from October 1, 2011, to September 30, 2012, with prescriptions filled through March 31, 2014. The data included in this study represent 40–75 percent of workers’ compensation claims in each state.

The 25 states in the study are Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Longer-Term Use of Opioids, 3rd Edition. Dongchun Wang. June 2016. WC-16-42.

 

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