2. In the other 13 states, there were large differences in the amount of narcotics received by injured workers.
3. A higher than typical percentage of claims that received narcotics may signal overuse of narcotics for some states.
4. The proportion of nonsurgical cases with narcotics that were identified as longer-term users of narcotics was substantially higher than typical in California, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas. (WCxKit)
5. Few longer-term users of narcotics received the recommended services for monitoring, contrary to medical guideline recommendations.
Author Rebecca Shafer, JD, President of Amaxx Risks Solutions, Inc. is a national expert in the field of workers compensation. She is a writer, speaker, and website publisher. Her expertise is working with employers to reduce workers compensation costs, and her clients include airlines, healthcare, printing, publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality, and manufacturing. See www.LowerWC.com for more information. Contact: RShafer@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com.