Tackling America's opioid epidemic

As the healthcare partner to one in three Americans, Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies are addressing the opioid crisis in communities around the country, while ensuring that patients get the right care in the right setting.

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 130 AMERICANS DIE from an opioid overdose.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Opioid Basics: Understanding the Epidemic.” December 2018.

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.

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Turning the corner on the opioid epidemic: What are the best next steps?

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Promote best practices on opioid tapering, improve prescription monitoring and effectively respond to overdoses.

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Promote and improve access to Medication-Assisted Treatment as the standard of care.

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Allow proper access to patient information so that the patient can receive safe, high-quality treatment based on a holistic, patient-centered approach.

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

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