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Paul Kauffman of Accident Fund to Present on Identifying Risky Opioid Prescribing Patterns at 99th Annual International Association of Industrial Accident Boards & Commissions Conference
Date:9/12/2013

LANSING, Mich., Sept.12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Paul Kauffman, director of Medical Operations Claims for Accident Fund Insurance Company of America, will be speaking at the 99th Annual International Association of Industrial Accident Boards & Commissions (IAIABC) Conference on October 2, 2013.

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The recent shift in prescribing patterns to more patients consuming Schedule II narcotics is more prevalent today than ever before.  Opioid medications are now being prescribed at higher dosages and are routinely making their way into the hands of injured workers without the proper controls, regardless of the health risks.  Escalating problems such as overdose, addiction, and even death have reached epidemic proportions, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and are now commonly reported in association with workers' compensation claims with 55-85 percent of injured workers across the country receiving narcotics for chronic pain relief.

Accident Fund has been monitoring the use of opioids to manage chronic pain for many years.  The results of a study the company completed in 2011 with the Division of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, have validated the scope of this problem.

Recognizing a need to identify policy options and possible regulatory solutions to address this complex problem, the IAIABC recently developed a policy guide on this issue.  "Reducing Inappropriate Opioid Use in Treatment of Injured Workers:  A Policy Guide," which cites the study Accident Fund conducted with Johns Hopkins, is meant to be used by policymakers and administrators who are interested in implementing policy solutions
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