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Most prescriptions from 3% of workers’ comp doctors
San Francisco Chronicle

Just 3 percent of doctors who treat workers’ compensation patients in California are responsible for writing more than half the prescriptions for the most potent and addictive pain medications, a study released this week said.

Those doctors ordered such drugs as morphine and oxycodone in higher doses than other workers’ comp doctors and prescribed the medications for minor back pain or other conditions that may not have required such strong treatment, according to the study by the California Workers’ Compensation Institute.