Payors Share Some Responsibility For The Opioid Epidemic
By Joy Stephenson-Laws (August 23, 2018, 3:13 PM EDT) -- The prescription opioid epidemic ravaging the country claims almost a hundred lives daily with an annual economic cost upward of $500 billion. This epidemic is so widespread that current estimates are that almost two million Americans are dependent on or abuse prescription opioids.
As would be expected with what has been described as a "national health emergency" that impacts so many lives and areas of society, there is no lack of finger-pointing at who is to blame. But curiously, there is not much focus on who should take responsibility for adequately addressing it.
The usual suspects are the pharmaceutical companies who...
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