Settled Science and Opioids


Political debates over “settled science” are never-ending. Nevertheless, I’m declaring game over when it comes to science and opioids.


The Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) has been around for 35 years, and their publications have been the catalyst for improvement in the workers’ comp industry.


A recent WCRI study titled The Impact of Opioid Prescriptions on Duration of Temporary Disability examined nonsurgical low back injuries over a five year time period in 28 states.


As you might expect, extended prescribing of opioids caused longer duration of temporary disability. A WorkersCompensation.com quote from John Ruser, WCRI’s president, sums it up nicely. “Based on the results of this study, there is a clear indication that policies addressing inappropriate longer-term opioid prescribing will result in faster return to work.”


This has been a core belief of OMCA for decades, and it’s always rewarding when the science backs you up.


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William Faris, JD
Chief Executive Officer

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