US News & World Report – A new report from the health insurance industry shows signs of progress in curbing the nation's opioid epidemic.
Fewer opioid prescriptions were filled nationwide last year for Blue Cross Blue Shield health care customers, according to a report from the umbrella insurance organization, while diagnoses of opioid use disorder dropped slightly from 6.2 members per 1,000 in 2016 to 5.9 per 1,000 in 2017.
The drop in diagnoses marks the first decrease in eight years measured by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Still, opioid use disorder – symptoms of which can include an inability to control or reduce opioid use, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – continues to afflict hundreds of thousands of Americans, especially in New England and the South.
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