Bending the prescription opioid dosing and mortality curves: impact of the Washington State opioid dosing guideline.

  title={Bending the prescription opioid dosing and mortality curves: impact of the Washington State opioid dosing guideline.},
  author={Gary M Franklin and Jaymie Mai and Judith Axler Turner and Mark D. Sullivan and Thomas M. Wickizer and Deborah Fulton-Kehoe},
  journal={American journal of industrial medicine},
  volume={55 4},
BACKGROUND Opioid use and dosing for patients with chronic non-cancer pain have dramatically increased over the past decade, resulting in a national epidemic of mortality associated with unintentional overdose, and increased risk of disability among injured workers. We assessed changes in opioid dosing patterns and opioid-related mortality in the Washington State (WA) workers' compensation system following implementation of a specific WA opioid dosing guideline in April, 2007. METHODS Using… 

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