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CWCI Research Spotlights Fentanyl Prescribing Patterns in California Workers’ Comp

In a study published last month, the California Workers’ Compensation Institute found that the top 10% of doctors who prescribe extremely potent, highly addictive Schedule II opioids for injured workers in California account for nearly 80% of all workers’ compensation prescriptions for these...

Opiates, Up Close and Personal

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. I lost a friend recently. He had an “accidental” overdose of fentanyl. He was 53 years old. He graduated with honors from Harvard Medical School and became a skilled plastic surgeon with a fellowship in hand surgery. He taught me about hands, elbows and CRPS, and...

Opiates, Up Close and Personal

By Robert G. Rassp, Esq. I lost a friend recently. He had an “accidental” overdose of fentanyl. He was 53 years old. He graduated with honors from Harvard Medical School and became a skilled plastic surgeon with a fellowship in hand surgery. He taught me about hands, elbows and CRPS, and...

Retroactive Prophylactic Restriction From Very Heavy Work Was Insufficient to Establish Pre-existing Disability: Cal. Comp. Cases February Advanced Postings (2/16/2012)

Here’s the third batch of advanced postings for the February 2012 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com subscribers can link to the cases to read the complete headnotes and summaries. Dennis Timmons , Petitioner v. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, California Mens Colony, State Compensation...

CWCI Study Reveals a Recent Decline in the Use of Opioid Painkillers in California Workers’ Comp

Amid a glaring public spotlight, a growing body of evidence about the repercussions of using major narcotics to treat chronic pain, and improved medical management, cost containment and pharmaceutical controls, the use of Schedule II opioid painkillers to treat injured workers in California has dropped...

Prevalence of Opioids in California Workers’ Comp Holding At Near-Record Highs

Despite efforts to curb the use and cost of opioids in California workers’ comp, new CWCI research finds the use of these drugs has remained at record levels since 2010, that virtually the same 3% of high-volume Schedule II opioid prescribing doctors continue to write more than half of the prescriptions...