Nearly half of Calif. injured workers on opioids weaned after two years: Study

A new study found that 47% of injured workers with chronic opioid use weaned off the painkillers completely within 24 months and that those who did not wean reduced their opioid dosage by an average of 52%, the Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California announced Thursday.

The Oakland, California-based ratings agency studied its databases of medical transaction records and unit statistical reports since July 2012 to examine the cost implications of chronic opioid use and the process of…

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