ST. LOUIS, June 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Our nation's unprecedented opioid epidemic has been called the worst drug crisis in American history. To highlight the severity of this issue, consider these few alarming statistics:
  • Drug overdose now leads the cause of accidental deaths in the United States — more than 15,000 people fatally overdosed on prescription pain killers in 2016 — making drug overdoses the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States.
  • Nationwide, pharmacies received and ultimately dispensed the equivalent of 69 tons of pure oxycodone and 42 tons of pure hydrocodone. That's enough to give 40 5-mg Percocet and 24 5-mg Vicodin to every person in the United States.
  • On an average day in 2016, more than 650,000 opioid prescriptions were dispensed in the United States.
  • For every person who dies from opioids, 851 are in various stages of misuse, abuse and treatment.

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A new report from Express Scripts analyzes opioid use of 3.1 million Medicaid members, examining age and gender factors as well as usage patterns across enrollment groups.

Opioids impact in Medicaid

Opioids use affects people of all ages and across all socioeconomic backgrounds. However, Medicaid members are 10 times more likely to suffer from addiction and substance abuse than the general population.

As one of the largest providers of PBM services to managed Medicaid plans, Express Scripts (NASDAQ: ESRX) analyzed the annual opioid use of 3.1 million Medicaid members across 14 states in 2015, examining age and gender factors as well as usage patterns across enrollment groups. The study, A Nation in Pain: Focus on Medicaid, found nearly one quarter of Medicaid members filled an opioid prescription and nearly one-third of them took opioids for more than 30 days.

Even more alarming, 4.3% of Medicaid members age 19 and under were on narcotic pain medicines.

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