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Industrial accident group proposes ways to reduce misuse of opioids

Industrial accident group proposes ways to reduce misuse of opioids

The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions has released a policy recommendation guide to reduce the inappropriate use of opioid pain medications.

“Reducing Inappropriate Opioid Use in Treatment of Injured Workers: A Policy Guide” discusses 10 recommendations policymakers should consider when evaluating regulations, legislation or administrative practices affecting opioid prescribing.

“The inappropriate use of opioids in the treatment of work injuries has devastated the lives of many injured workers, frequently leading to extremely poor medical outcomes, including death, and contributing to rising medical costs throughout the United States,” the Madison, Wis.-based association said in a statement.

“Practices and strategies recently implemented by workers compensation agencies across the country informed the recommendations, which were developed under the guidance of a diverse coalition of policymakers, agency administrators, medical practitioners, industry leaders and other experts,” said the nonprofit association for government agencies that administer workers comp systems.

More information about the free guide is available here.