A study of opioid use among workers' compensation claimantsreveals that longer-term use increased in nearly half of the 21states analyzed compared to a similar study conducted a yearago.

The study, “Longer-Term Use of Opioids,” conducted by theWorkers Compensation Research Institute, finds that longer-termuse–defined by WCRI as claimants who were prescribed opioids withinthe first three months after a non-surgical injury and had three ormore visits to fill opioid prescriptions between 7 and 12months after the injury–increased in 10 of the study states, withthe highest year-to-year increases in Arkansas (3 percentincrease), Michigan (2 percent) and New York (2 percent).

New York and Louisiana showed the highest increases over atwo-year period (3 percent).

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