Tackling America's opioid epidemic

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BCBS companies are working with community groups, medical professionals, pharmacists and others to craft meaningful solutions as well as provide for those who need care, support and recovery.

2.1 million Americans currently have an OPIOID-USE DISORDER.

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. “2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.” September 2017.  

Every day, about 115 AMERICANS DIE from opioid abuse.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Opioid Basics: Understanding the Epidemic.” August 2017.

The opioid epidemic costs the U.S. economy MORE THAN $500 BILLION ANNUALLY.

Source: The Council of Economic Advisors. “The Underestimated Cost of the Opioid Crisis.” November 2017.

WE SUPPORT THREE STRATEGIES TO ENSURE PATIENTS RECEIVE THE RIGHT CARE IN THE RIGHT SETTING AND EQUIP STATES WITH RESOURCES TO ADDRESS THIS CRISIS

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SUPPORT PATIENTS

Ensure patients receive the right care in the right setting.

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INCREASE RESOURCES

Provide state and federal programs with additional resources to address this crisis most effectively.

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COMBAT FRAUD & ABUSE

Require rigorous, mandatory licensing and oversight of all addiction treatment facilities and programs.

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Learn more about what we recommend to address the opioid crisis.
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