Chicago Is Holding Big Pharma Accountable for Their Role in Fueling the Rx Opioid Abuse Epidemic

December 11, 2014 11:09 PM

14 0

They are right. Emergency departments have been inundated as a result of this epidemic. Out of every 100,000 people, according to a 2009 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report, 40 people in the Chicago metropolitan area visit emergency departments due to adverse events from opioid, which translates to 1,080 preventable trips to the emergency departments per year.

But the problem also exacts a significant financial burden on health systems. In fact, during the last seven years, the City of Chicago, through its health benefits and workers compensation programs, paid more than $10 million for opioid prescriptions. That does not include the additional money we h...

Read more

To category page