Addressing Opioid Analgesic Use in Workers’ Comp and Auto No-Fault


We thank Optum for sharing their latest report on opioid use in 2018, and progress being made through both private and public efforts.

The report includes many insights including:

  • Roughly 21 to 29% of claimants prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them
  • Opioid abusers generate, on average, annual direct health care costs 8.7 times higher than non-abusers
  • The U.S. consumes more than:
    • 99% of the world’s hydrocodone (Vicodin)
    • 81% of the world’s oxycodone(OxyContin, Percocet)
    • 65% of the world’s hydromorphine (Dilaudid)

This report also includes a list of legislative updates for each state.

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