WCRI released a new study: Interstate Variations in Dispensing of Opioids, 5th Edition, which assesses data from 27 states including Louisiana from October 2011 to March 2018. The study finds that, in all states studied, fewer injured workers received opioids recently as compared with previous years. Injured workers continue to be treated for pain with NSAIDs, which increased modestly, and other interventions. Louisiana, though it saw declines in opioid prescriptions, was well outside of WCRI’s median decline in opioid dispensing. The authors explain:
“50 to 60 percent of injured workers with prescriptions received at least one opioid prescription in a majority of states. A higher proportion of injured workers with prescriptions in Arkansas and Louisiana (70 percent) received opioids.”
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