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Doctors Not to Blame for All Opioid Misuse; Friends, Family Also Played Roles

In a common narrative of the path to opioid misuse, people become addicted to painkillers after a doctor prescribed them pills to treat an injury and then, later, switch to harder drugs, such as heroin. However, non-medical opioid users were …

Different Rates of Opioid Prescriptions Linked to Worker, Employer, Injury Traits

Injured workers in mining and construction, those in rural counties or those who suffer fractures, carpal tunnel and neurologic spine pain are among those more likely to receive prescriptions for opioids than workers in other industries or locations or with …

Drugs in Workforce at Highest in Decade But Opiates Decline: Quest Diagnostics

Drug use by the American workforce remains at its highest rate in more than a decade, driven by increases in cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. However, prescription opiate positivity rates have declined. Nationally, the positivity rate for the combined U.S. workforce …

West Virginia Settles With Pharmacy Accused of Providing 10M Painkillers

A pharmacy accused of dispensing millions of prescription pain pills in West Virginia has agreed to a $550,000 settlement with the state. In a news release, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says the settlement of a lawsuit involving Larry’s Drive-In Pharmacy …

West Virginia Gov Signs Bill Limiting Opioid Prescriptions

West Virginia’s governor has signed legislation to limit opioid prescriptions that doctors can prescribe to treat acute pain. Gov. Jim Justice signed the bill last week that would limit such prescriptions to supplies lasting three, four or seven days, depending …

Working with Physicians, Cigna Cuts Prescription Opioid Use by 25%

Health insurer Cigna said it has achieved a 25 percent reduction in opioid use among its customers as a result of a partnership with more than 1.1 million prescribing physicians. The company said it reached this key metric one year …

Longer-Term Opioid Prescriptions Increases Lost Work Time: WCRI Study

Using prescribed opioids adds significant time to temporary disability taken by workers with work-related lower back injuries, according to a new industry study. Temporary disability is time that workers spend away from work recovering from their work-related injuries. “While medical …

Louisiana Adds Hurdles to Prevent ‘Doctor Shopping’ for Opioid Drugs

Hoping to stop people from “doctor shopping” for highly addictive painkillers, Louisiana lawmakers have ordered physicians to consult a statewide prescription monitoring program before prescribing opioid drugs. The Senate has unanimously approved minor changes the House had made to Sen. …

New York County Sues Purdue, J&J Over Opioid Marketing

A county in New York state has sued Purdue Pharma LP, Johnson & Johnson and other drugmakers, accusing them of engaging in fraudulent marketing that played down the risks of prescription opioid painkillers, leading to a drug epidemic. The lawsuit, …

Report: Alabama No. 1 in Country for Prescription Opioid Use

Alabama has the highest level of prescription opioid use in the country, and companies that make the painkillers and their allies have hired an average of 18 lobbyists annually in the state since 2006 to push their policies. A joint …