Opioids

Narcotics, or opioids, are often used to treat pain, including pain associated with work injuries. Yet, abuse of these painkillers has resulted in such a large increase in hospitalizations and deaths that the situation is called an “opioid epidemic.” IWH research looks at optimal opioid prescribing practices for physicians, as well as the use and effects of opioids related to the treatment of work-related injuries in particular.

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At Work article

IWH review outlines promising strategies to prevent prescribed opioid abuse

Research synthesis by Institute for Work & Health examines programs and policies aimed at reducing the misuse and abuse of prescription opioids and preventing overdose deaths
Published: November 6, 2018
Journal article
Journal article

Canadian guidelines on opioid use disorder among older adults

Published: Canadian Geriatrics Journal, March 2020
Journal article
Journal article
Journal article
Journal article

Opioid overdose hospitalization trajectories in states with and without opioid-dosing guidelines

Published: Public Health Reports, September 2019
IWH Speaker Series
IWH Speaker Series

The link between workplace injury and fatality risks and the use of substances affecting the central nervous system

Prescription and recreational drugs that act on the central nervous system can have many adverse effects, including cognitive and psychomotor impairment. An IWH systematic review has looked into the link between workplace injury and fatality risks and the use of such substances—including opioids, benzodiazepines and cannabis. In this presentation, Dr. Nancy Carnide shares findings from that systematic review.
Published: May 2019