Insurers Paying Heavy Price for Opioid Abuse

Insurers picked up 30% of the $78.5 tab for battling opioid abuse in 2013, the CDC reports. Included in the calculation: direct health care costs, lost productivity and costs to the criminal justice system, HealthDay reports, citing a study published in Medical Care. Nearly 2 million Americans abused opioids that year, and about 16,000 people died from drug overdoses, a dramatic rise over 2007, the most recent year data were measured.

“These estimates can assist decision makers in understanding the magnitude of adverse health outcomes associated with prescription opioid use such as overdose, abuse and dependence," the study stated.

Source: Healthday