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Insurance claims related to opioid dependence have risen by 3200%, US study finds

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4340 (Published 05 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4340
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

Private health insurance claims for opioid dependence in the United States rose more than 3200% from 2007 to 2014, an analysis of privately billed healthcare claims has shown.1 The study was conducted by FAIR Health, a New York City based non-profit corporation that maintains a database of over 20 billion privately billed healthcare claims and provides healthcare cost data and analysis to government agencies, insurers, providers, and consumers.

The US is currently experiencing a major epidemic of opioid dependence, misuse, and deaths resulting from overdose. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that since 1999 the number of overdose deaths from opioids, including prescription opioids and heroin, …

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