As the healthcare partner to 1 in 3 Americans, Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) companies are working in every community to fight America’s opioid crisis.

Responding to a National Crisis, Community by Community

BCBS is working with federal and state officials to reform existing laws and provide support to public and private partners who are addressing the opioids challenge in three critical ways:
  1. Ensure patients receive the right care in the right setting
  2. Provide states with sufficient resources to address the epidemic
  3. Address the fraud and abuse that’s harming the people who need help

Our Ongoing Commitment to You

For over 85 years, BCBS companies have put our members’ health first. That’s why we won’t standby as lives are taken, families are torn apart and communities are ravaged by this growing public health crisis.  We will continue to fight America’s opioid epidemic. That’s why we’re working across the country to:

  • Ensure patients with opioid use disorder receive the best evidence-based, patient-focused care available
  • Promote awareness and prevention through community engagement and partnerships with community organizations
  • Foster research partnerships with academic institutions that are working to identify better ways to care for people with opioid use disorder and stem the crisis

Hear from BCBS CEOs on how they’re addressing the opioid epidemic

Resources to Fight the Epidemic

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and Governing Magazine provide practical solutions to mitigate the opioid epidemic for state and local policymakers.

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BCBS companies around the country support the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Drug Take-Back Day to help families safe by ridding homes of unused or expired medications.

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More than one in five members fill an opioid prescription annually

Study shows that commercially-insured members filled at least one opioid prescription in 2015.

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The episode discusses advancements in neurological science are changing the way experts understand and treat addiction. Learn from some of the country's leading experts what the latest medical research tells us about treating addictive behaviors in men and women.

What usually starts innocently enough as taking pain medication appropriately prescribed by a doctor, can turn into a deadly addiction for some. Jennifer Matesa shares her story of the darkest days of her addiction to her recovery.

Experts say the heroin epidemic, which is a growing problem nationwide, is largely spurred by people who first become addicted to prescribe opiate pain medications. As the pills become more expensive and harder to obtain, people move on to the cheaper and more potent high that heroin can provide. Cynthia Scudo, grandmother of twenty, shares the story of hip pain that ended with a nine-year addiction to heroin.

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