How does short and long-term prescription opioid use affect temporary disability claims and workforce participation? Our new one-minute video summarizes research findings from a recent Economic Letter.
Do opioids slow return to work after injuries? Watch our quick summary of research findings from David Neumark and Bogdan Savych (video, 1:00).
What began as an effort by medical professionals to improve pain relief for injured workers and others has developed into an opioid crisis of epidemic proportions.
Individuals with longer-term opioid prescriptions had disability spells that were 251% longer than for non-opioid prescriptions.
Can policy reduce longer-term opioid use?
Can we lower the duration of temporary disability claims?
Estimates show that lowering longer-term opioid prescriptions by 5% leads to an estimated 13% reduction in the duration of temporary disability, lowering workers’ temporary disability for lower back injuries by 2.8 weeks on average.
A better understanding of why workers are receiving opioids on a longer-term basis could help policymakers to reduce inappropriate opioid use.
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