Accidental Drug Addiction - the Growing Opiate Plague

Accidental Drug Addiction - the Growing Opiate Plague

The new drug crisis, as coined by the media, is “Addiction by Prescription.”  In 2016 alone the estimated total economic impact (hospital stays, missed work days, related accidents, etc.) of prescription pain killer abuse has been put at $78.5 billion – with almost 92% of this being absorbed by plan sponsors. Those who abuse opioids have healthcare costs eight times greater than those who do not.  Both the sales volume of opioids and prescription pain killer overdose deaths has quadrupled since 1999.  In the U.S. there are over 4.5 million Americans who are addicted to opioids and 2.1 million of them are abusing opioids with no legitimate need.  The U.S. consumes 80% of the world's Rx opioid supply.  Opiate addiction is far outpacing street drugs such as cocaine and marijuana both in terms of use and deaths due to overdose. Opioid addiction also accounts for more than 500,000 ER visits per year at a cost of more than $5,000/visit. 

This webinar will explore the real life facts surrounding the case of a patient with a medically legitimate need for long term pain management, which was being delivered by short acting, daily oral, opiates.  The presenters will discuss the proactive intervention strategy used, which resulted in:

  • the formulation of an enhanced treatment plan
  • the reduction, if not elimination, of the risk of addiction
  • alleviation of the patient's pain
  • savings to the plan in excess of $20,000 per year

Guest Speakers
Timothy Teen, President, Broadreach Medical Resources, Inc.
Elliot Berkovitz, PharmD, Director of Clinical Services, Broadreach Medical Resources, Inc.
Kaliopi Panagos, PharmD, RPh, Director of Clinical Operations, Broadreach Medical Resources, Inc.

8/24/2017 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

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