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NCCI Report: MT Workers Use More Opioids for Longer

01.17.2018

By Liz Carey

Billings, MT (WorkersCompensation.com) – A recent report to the Montana Department of Labor and Industry showed that injured workers in Montana are not only more likely to be on opioids for pain, but also to be still on those drugs years after their injury.

According to a report by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, in Montana in 2016, nearly 61 percent of the prescriptions written for injured workers were for opioids, and that 40 percent of injured workers who got an opioid prescription, got the pills for an injury that occurred six years earlier, or more.

In contrast, nationally 44 percent of all prescriptions for injured workers were for opioids, and 15 percent of those were for workers injured six years earlier, or more.

According to the Billings Gazette, the report...

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