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In recent years, the use of narcotics in treating injured workers has faced heavy scrutiny, and for good reason. Statistics released at the latest National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc. (NCCI) Annual Issues Symposium, which took place in Orlando, Fla., are unsettling.  

While the overall share of prescription drugs as a percentage of medical costs in workers’ comp has stayed steady at around 18 percent, the drugs that are being prescribed and how they are being fulfilled are of major concern.

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