The United States Postal Service Office of the Inspector General issued a report earlier this month which found that the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) program has not sufficiently responded to the opioid crisis. The report found that “FECA program data identified concerns with the level of opioid prescriptions for Postal Service employees as compared with the rest of government and nationally.” Among those concerns:
- The cost of opioid prescriptions for postal employees declined from 2016-18, however, it declined at only 70 percent of the rate for other federal agencies.
- The rate of decline in overall opioid prescriptions for postal employees was 9 percent, versus CDC data which found that the general population decline was 21 percent.
- The DOL allows physicians to prescribe opioids to new users for up to 60 days without a letter of medical necessity. This guideline is less restrictive than those from CDC for three days or less and 25 states for seven days or less.
Access the report here.