Engaging Health Insurers in the War on Prescription Painkillers

9/1/2017 / Valarie Blake via Harvard Law & Policy Review

While our nation was wholly occupied with the war on illicit drugs, a different deadly addiction has been creeping into doctors’ offices to lawfully occupy us. Prescription painkiller abuse, or abuse of mainly opioid-based medicines like OxyContin, is now the leading contributor to drug overdoses and overdose deaths in the United States. A war to successfully defeat painkiller addiction must be different in scope and nature than the other war on illicit street drugs in a number of meaningful ways. Continue Reading

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