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Do Opioids Slow Return to Work after Injuries?

David Neumark () and Bogdan Savych

FRBSF Economic Letter, 2018

Abstract: Some reports blame opioid use for part of the decline in labor force participation among adult men. Estimates based on workers? compensation data shed light on the relationship between opioid prescriptions and the return to work among people who suffer work-related low-back injuries, for which opioid use is common. Differences in opioid prescribing patterns across locations demonstrate how various use of these medications can impact how quickly workers return to work. When opioids are prescribed for longer-term treatment, workers have considerably longer durations of temporary disability following an injury.

Date: 2018
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