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Fewer injured workers in Kentucky with pain medications received opioids, and they received smaller amounts on average after the implementation of certain limits, according to a new study from the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The study, Impact of Kentucky Opioid Reforms, examined the impact of Kentucky’s HB 1 on opioid dispensing to newly injured workers in the first 12 months after the injury. The legislation, which went into effect on July 1, 2012, regulated pain clinics and established standards for dispensing and prescribing of opioids, including mandating prescribers to query the state prescription drug monitoring program prior to prescribing opioids.

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