Not Out of the Woods Yet: Recent Report Cautions Workers' Compensation Industry on Opioids
The national opioid epidemic has been a public health issue overshadowed amid the current COVID-19 global pandemic – even in an election year. From 1998 to 2018, almost 450,000 people died from overdoses involving opioids, including both prescription and illicit opioids. See the CDC’s Understanding the Epidemic. Things have improved, and overall utilization has declined as opioid prescriptions have dropped by 91 million from 2013 to 2019, which represents a 37.1% decrease. See AMA ...
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