The Opioid Epidemic: Healthcare Industry Impacts and Responses

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

The Opioid Epidemic

Against a backdrop of news headlines about the impact that the opioid epidemic is having on U.S. life expectancy, hospital admissions and emergency room utilization, healthcare organizations are launching a number of initiatives to reduce opioid use.

In this inaugural edition of Healthcare Hotwire, you’ll learn more about the impact of the growing opioid epidemic and initiatives among some early adopters.

Even as opioid prescription use increased significantly between 1999 and 2014, and much of that increase stemmed from patients who’d been taking their medication for 90 days or longer, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, several healthcare organizations are reporting early successes with initiatives aimed at reducing opioid use, including Anthem Inc. and CVS Health.

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