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State Fund Opioid Reduction Program Success Continued Despite Alarming Opioid Use Rates Spurred by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Results include a 14% decrease in opioid prescriptions from 2020 to 2021 and an 82% decrease since 2014

September 7, 2022

Sacramento, CA—State Compensation Insurance Fund (State Fund), California’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance, has reduced the number of opioid prescriptions for the injured workers they provide care for by 82% since 2014. Additionally, over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic between 2020 and 2021, State Fund’s opioid reduction program resulted in a 14% decrease in the number of opioid prescriptions for injured workers, despite increasing levels of opioid use and overdose fatalities across the nation as reported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse 2022.

State Fund’s opioid reduction program is built around a comprehensive strategy to motivate physicians to avoid or reduce prescribing opioids to injured workers, and to educate injured workers about the risks of using opioids to manage pain. The program focuses on three key areas, including early prevention and intervention in new cases; relapse and delayed recovery response programs; and reduction of chronic opioid usage in existing cases. The program also includes peer-to-peer physician reviews; education for injured workers and treating physicians; and support for patients who are struggling to stop opioid use. Additional results include:

“State Fund’s approach to reducing opioid use has continually been fine-tuned over the years,” said Dr. Dinesh Govindarao, chief medical officer at State Fund. “Our results show that conscious, sustained education for patients and medical providers, paired with peer-to-peer physician collaboration, are invaluable tools in tackling the opioid crisis. Our hope is to see more providers adopt reduction programs, whether they take a comprehensive approach like ours or focus on specific issues.”

State Fund’s opioid reduction program is one way the organization works to fulfill its promise to protect and restore injured workers and help keep California working.

For more information or if you’re interested in speaking to Dr. Govindarao, please contact Susan Wells or (415) 263-5805.

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