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A new study from WCRI has found that longer-term prescribing of opioids causes substantially longer duration of temporary disability among workers with work-related low back injuries. According to the study, The Impact of Opioid Prescriptions on Duration of Temporary Disability, longer-term opioid prescriptions resulted in durations of temporary disability that were more than triple the durations of temporary disability for claims with no opioid prescriptions. In contrast to the result for longer-term opioid prescribing, a small number of opioid prescriptions, over a short period of time, did not lengthen temporary disability.

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