Opioids in the Treatment of Injured Workers: When and How to Maximize Effectiveness

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There is no denying the skyrocketing use and cost of pain medications in workers' compensation. Temporary disability payments are 3.5 times higher when opioids are prescribed, and in a recent study, many physicians who prescribed narcotics to injured workers were not using the recommended tools to monitor use. Opioids can have a positive effect; however, without the proper monitoring to control care and costs, they can wreak havoc. Presenters include Phil Walls, R. Ph., Chief Clinical Officer of myMatrixx and Brian S. Downs, Vice President, Quality & Provider Relations of Workers' Compensation Trust.