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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IWH review outlines promising strategies to prevent prescribed opioid abuse

Since the start of the opioid crisis in the late 1990s, communities across North America have tried many different strategies to curb the misuse and abuse of prescription opioids. A new IWH systematic review identifies the most promising ones.
Published: November 6, 2018
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Prescription opioid overdose and adverse effect hospitalisations among injured workers in eight states (2010-2014)

Published: Occupational and Environmental Medicine, July 2020
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Opioid-prescribing metrics in Washington state: trends and challenges

Published: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, May 2020
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Early high-risk opioid prescribing practices and long-term disability among injured workers in Washington State, 2002-2013

Published: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, May 2020
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Canadian guidelines on opioid use disorder among older adults

Published: Canadian Geriatrics Journal, March 2020
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