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BWC: Prescription Controls Have Decreased Opioid Use

Friday, August 18, 2017 | 523 | 0 | 0 min read

Forty-four percent fewer injured workers in Ohio received opioids in 2016 as compared to 2011, and opioid prescriptions were down by 48% over that period, according to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. The number of injured workers receiving muscle relaxants fell 69%, and the number of muscle-relaxant prescriptions was down 80% from 2011 to 2016, BWC said. BWC officials discussed results of their pharmacy program during a presentation to the Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Council on Wednesday. BWC uses a prescription drug formulary, prior authorization requirements and drug utilization revi...

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