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CWCI Says Opioid Use, Costs at Plateau

By Greg Jones (Senior Editor)

Thursday, May 15, 2014 | 0

By Greg JonesWestern Bureau ChiefBeginning in 2008 and continuing through the first half of 2013, Schedule II and Schedule III opioids accounted for about one-quarter of workers’ compensation prescriptions in California and 30% of prescription costs, according to a report by the California Workers’ Compensation Institute released this week.While the report showed that the prevalence and costs of the most heavily-regulated classes of opioid painkillers has leveled off, this was not necessarily good news.“Surprised? Yes, I am surprised,” CWCI President Alex Swedlow said W...

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