Study: Doctors may fail to treat drug abuse that worker injury

A new study was recently released by the Workers Compensation Research Institute that shows that 1 in every 12 injured workers are still on prescribed narcotics three to six months after their injury occurs.

Research shows that doctors may not be following up on recommended treatment plans that will prevent drug abuse in these cases.

The study collected data from 21 states in order to look into how long-term narcotic use was monitored by physicians. Some of these monitoring services include physical evaluations and follow-up drug testing.

The study found that the long-term use of narcotics kept occurred in 1 in every 12 injured workers and this caused them to miss more work and increase their disability. Officials in the study are hoping that this information will shed light on the issue workers are not exposed to “unnecessary risks.”