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Opioid Statistics – Incredible Numbers From Recent Webinar


Mind Blowing Opioid Statistics

These opioid statistics are astounding and verifiable.  I was listening to a great webinar recording today – See next article.

Clipart of side view face opioid statistics

One of the topics was the effect that opioids would have on Workers Compensation in 2017 and beyond.     I was subsequently reading an article on opioids published by Dr. Mercola.  Dr. Mercola has many free publications on health issues.  The article contained incredible opioid statistics.

Some of the highlights were:

  • Opioids have been identified as the gateway drug to heroin use.   Wow!
  • More people use opioids than smoke cigarettes.   You have go to be kidding me!
  • This is not a street-drug epidemic as more opioids are prescribed than bought on the street.  One has to wonder how many car crashes were caused by opioids.
  • Opioids kill more people every year than car crashes.
  • Many people can become addicted after just one course of opioid treatment

This last one was a quote from the head of the CDC –  Dr. Tom Friedman  “We know of no other medication routinely used for a nonfatal condition that kills patients so frequently.”

Percentage Opioid Statistics Vector
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An earlier  Cutcompcosts.com article pointed out that NCCI had found that 40% of all narcotics are taken by 1% of the Workers Comp patients.    A friend of mine that works the night shift at a large pharmacy in the Boston area says that each night just before midnight, the Vicodin patients line up to get their refills just after midnight.

She calls it her “waiting room.”   She also says that the numbers each night have been static over the last few years.

A large number of articles on Workers Comp vs Opioids seem to indicate an improvement in the reduction of abuse.  After reading all these newer articles, it may have shifted from WC, but it is still a problem as proven by the preceding opioid statistics.

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James J Moore - Workers Comp Expert

Raleigh, NC, United States

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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Management Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

  • Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
  • Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Bloomberg Business News
  • WorkCompCentral.com
  • Claims Magazine
  • Risk & Insurance Magazine
  • Insurance Journal
  • Workers Compensation.com
  • LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites
  • Various trade publications


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