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A study of opioid use among workers’ compensation claimants reveals that longer-term use increased in nearly half of the 21 states analyzed compared to a similar study conducted a year ago. 

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

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