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    3 New Initiatives Target Opioid Crisis

    The opioid crisis is still getting worse—so what's being done about it?

    There is little evidence that the opioid epidemic is abating. Debra Houry, Director, CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, says it is getting worse, not better.

    In the Medicare program, 500,000 patients were on high doses of opioids in 2016, according to a 2017 report from HHS. And one out of every six emergency room visits were opioid related in second quarter 2017, said OM1, a health outcomes company.

    Related article: The Other Side of Opioid Limits

    But now, two pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) and the state of Kentucky have developed initiatives to dig deeper into the opioid crisis.

    Up next: 3 ways the crisis is being tackled

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    Mari Edlin
    Mari Edlin is a freelance writer based in Sonoma, California.

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