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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Opioid-prescribing metrics in Washington state: trends and challenges

Published: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 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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Opioid overdose hospitalization trajectories in states with and without opioid-dosing guidelines

Published: Public Health Reports, September 2019