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Study: Workers' Comp Drug Spending Fell 6.1%, Opioid Use Continued Decline in 2019​

By Mark Powell (Reporter)

Thursday, July 9, 2020 | 485 | 0 | 77 min read

Prescription drug spending on workers’ compensation plans fell 6.1% last year, and the total number of prescriptions fell by 4.3%, according to new data released Wednesday. In 2019, spending on opioids also dropped by 10.7% compared with the previous year, according to myMatrixx’s Workers’ Compensation Drug Trend Report. The report also states that injured workers who are using opioids are doing so for shorter periods of time. About 14.7% of injured employees used opioids for 30 days or more in 2019, down from 17% the previous year, according to the report. “Helping...

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