Study links later return to work with longer-term opioid prescription

New research finds that longer-term prescribing of opioids more than triples the duration of temporary disability among employees with work-related, nonsurgical, lower-back injuries when compared with claims with no opioids prescribed.

New research finds that longer-term prescribing of opioids more than triples the duration of temporary disability among employees with work-related, nonsurgical, lower-back injuries when compared with claims with no opioids prescribed. The Workers Compensation Research Institute study also demonstrates that local patterns play a strong role in determining whether injured employees receive opioid prescriptions. Workers who lived in high-prescription states were more likely to receive opioid prescriptions than workers who lived in low-prescription areas, according to the report.