Hurricane Opioid Stalls in Kentucky
Most southern hurricanes stall-out long before they make it to the Commonwealth. Unfortunately, we have been fighting the opioid storm for longer than I care to remember. However, a new study published by the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) points out how Kentucky injured workers are doing better after the 2012 “Pill Mill” House Bill 1 legislation.
The WCRI reviewed over 21,000 injuries and 91,000 prescriptions, which represented 44% of Kentucky’s workers’ compensation claims. Here is what they discovered comparing pre- and post-HB1 for injured workers with pain:
- Opioid dispensing down;
- Non-opioid analgesics up;
- Largest reductions in younger workers and the non-surgical category.
The Pill Mill Bill is not a panacea, and Eastern Kentucky continues to be a high usage area. Nevertheless, Kentuckians are doing better, and it is a storm we must weather.
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