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U.S. Insurers Say the Opioid Crisis Might Be Declining

6 days ago   |   By Fortune

A silver lining might be appearing on the dark cloud of America's opioid epidemic.
Members of the health insurance network Blue Cross Blue Shield recorded a 5% decline in opioid abuse diagnoses last year, the BCBS reported yesterday .
The rate of opioid use disorder claims, which had been climbing since 2013, seems to have stabilized in 2016 and 2017, hovering around six claims per 1,000 members. Overdose deaths continue to climb, however, and the finding does not refer to addiction rates in the entire country, just those recorded among the insurance network's 41 million members.
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