Study finds injured workers likely to abuse prescribed narcotics

The Workers Compensation Research Institute published a report this week that shows one in 12 injured workers prescribed narcotics are still taking them three to six months later. The study suggests that doctors are failing to follow the recommended treatment guidelines to avoid abuse.

According to the Insurance Journal, the report revealed that the injured workers still on narcotics three to six months after their injury could lead to increased disability or work loss. Drug testing to prevent abuse and psychological evaluation were also less common than recommended.

Another study conducted in 2009 by the National Council on Compensation Insurance revealed that about a quarter of all prescription workers’ compensation costs were for narcotics.

If you or someone you love has questions about workers’ compensation after being injured at work, contact the workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600.


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