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A new WCRI study, to be released soon, found decreases in opioid prescriptions given to workers in most states, including Louisiana. The Institute cites regulatory changes to curb abuse and greater awareness of the dangers of opioids as the primary reasons for the change. The study, Interstate Variations in Use of Opioids, 3rd Edition, assesses prescribing patterns across 25 states between March 2012 and March 2014. Although decreases were observed, Louisiana, New York and Pennsylvania had the smallest drop in opioid prescriptions, with Louisiana’s drop at about seven percent during the study period. Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Texas had the largest decreases – at a range between 20 and 31 percent.

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