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Early indicators of high-risk opioid use include obtaining similar opioids from multiple dispensers, both pharmacy and nonpharmacy, and overlapping opioid prescriptions, according to a study released Wednesday by the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California.
The Oakland, California-based ratings bureau compared high-risk to lower-dose opioid use claims with similar distributions of age, pain type and types of major surgery, it said in a statement.
The bureau found that both accident year 2013 and accident year 2016 high-risk opioid use claims were twice more likely to get similar opioids from two pharmacies than lower-dose use claims and almost four times more likely to involve three or more pharmacies. Similar patterns were found for non-pharmacy dispensers.
Researchers also found that claims involving high-risk opioid use were about four times more likely to have multiple similar opioids prescribed concurrently, and they were six times more likely to concurrently use three or more different opioids.
Other findings included:
Sixty-seven percent of human resources professionals surveyed say their companies are impacted by opioid use today or will be in the future and 64% say they are unprepared to handle opioid addiction, according to survey results released Tuesday by The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.