Date(s) - Sep 25
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Workers’ Compensation Research Institute is conducting a webinar on September 25th which will address two of their latest studies on opioid usage in workers’ compensation. Authors Dongchun Wang and Vennela Thumula will guide participants through several key questions including:
- How often were opioids used in the workers’ compensation system?
- What states had higher or lower opioid use?
- How prevalent was the longer-term use of opioids?
- How often were drug testing and other guideline recommended services used among injured workers with longer-term use of opioids, and why are these recommended services important?
The studies addressed are:
- Interstate Variations in Use of Narcotics 2nd Edition: The study examined interstate variations and trends in the use of narcotics and prescribing patterns of pain medications in the workers’ compensation system across 25 states.
- Longer-Term Use of Opioids 2nd Edition: The study examined the prevalence 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.
Both studies cover the following states: 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.
Attendance is limited to 100 people and all attendees receive a free copy of the slides. Webinars are $39 for WCRI members; $79 for non-members; and no charge for members of the press, legislators as well as their staff, and state public officials who make policy decisions impacting their state’s workers’ compensation system.