As the U.S. opioid epidemic, which killed some 60,000 in 2016 alone, continues to grip the nation, some programs are putting up a fight.
“The opioid epidemic, and the corresponding issue of overdose deaths, represents the largest public health crisis this nation has seen during most of the population’s lifetime — the swine flu outbreak about a century ago was the last epidemic to reach a similar scale,” Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense-Health Affairs Director for Mental Health Programs Capt. Michael Colston said.
According to a Managed Healthcare Executive report, these four programs are making headway in the fight against the epidemic:
- Partnership HealthPlan of California’s managing pain safely initiative;
- Opioid “super-prescribers” programs from Aetna;
- Inland Empire Health Plan, a not-for-profit Medicaid and Medicare plan in California; and
- The Department of Defense’s opioid reduction program.