Progress on Opioids: Protecting Federal Injured Workers. 53% decline in overall opioid use. 36% decline in new opioid prescriptions. 68% decline in new opioid prescriptions lasting more than 30 days. 84% drop in claimants with a morphine equivalent dose (MED) of 500 or more. 62% drop in users with an MED of 90 or more.

OWCP has implemented a four-point strategic plan to combat the opioid epidemic and reduce the potential for opioid misuse and addiction among injured federal workers.

Gears1. Effective Controls

Approach: Institute broad general controls followed by targeted controls

Doctor2. Tailored Treatment

Approach: Apply a compassionate, individualized treatment approach to every injured federal worker receiving opioids

Phone3. Impactful Communications

Approach: Issue communications using both general and targeted messaging

Magnifying glass4. Aggressive Fraud Detection

Approach: Eliminate fraud and abuse in the federal workers' compensation system

Take Back 2020. Make them describe before they prescribe. Discuss the risks of opioid use and alternative forms of pain management with your physician before starting or refilling opioid prescriptions.

For more information on safely disposing of medications, including opioids, please visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website.

To locate places near you to safely dispose of unwanted medications, including opioids, please visit the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) website.

Additional Resources

Opioid-Related Program Bulletins

Need Help? If you or someone you know needs help dealing with opioid abuse please visit or call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)