Addressing America's Opioid Epidemic | Blue Cross Blue Shield

 

 

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

Responding to a National Crisis, Community by Community

Find out how BCBS companies are working to improve the health of all Americans.

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Policy Recommendations

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

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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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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