The Workers’ Compensation Research Institute examined claims from across the United States to research workers’ compensation claimants narcotics use according to Risk & Insurance. The study revealed 21 states including North Carolina had claims where physicians violated recommended treatment guidelines to prevent narcotic misuse.
According to the study, one in twelve claimants who take narcotics at the beginning of the claim continued on narcotics three to six months later. The study revealed very alarming numbers of claimants who remained on narcotics for long periods of time. The WCRI stated that the study was meant to help target strategies to reduce overdose and death related to abuses of treatment guidelines.