cdc Archives - Novusdetox

Talk to a Detox Advisor

Success Stories

cdc
Categories: Opiates

Attorneys general from over three dozen states are urging health insurers to review their coverage policies for pain treatment to help reduce the role that prescription painkillers continue to play in the deadly opioid epidemic. More than 40 Americans die each day from overdoses involving…

Read More >
Millions more are at risk of developing a dependency – in 2014 as many as 10 million people reported using opioids for non-medical reasons.
  • The economic toll of the epidemic is costing the U.S. economy an estimated $78.5 billion annually.
  • State and local governments alone spend nearly 8 billion dollars a year on criminal justice costs related to opioid abuse.
  • According to the CDC, opioid overdoses kill 91 Americans every single day, and more than half of those deaths involve prescription opioids.
  • The AGs emphasize how the “unnecessary over-prescription of opioid painkillers” significantly contributes to the problem:

    • Although the amount of pain reported by Americans has remained steady since 1999, prescriptions for opioid painkillers have nearly quadrupled over the same period.
    • The four-fold increase in prescriptions perfectly matches the four-fold increase in opioid overdose deaths during the same period.
    • A “dramatic increase in supply” has made it easy to obtain prescription opioids without having to resort to the black market.
    • Over 50 percent of people who misuse opioids report that they obtained them free from a friend or relative, while another 22 percent misused drugs that they obtained directly from a doctor.

    Illegal opioids like heroin remain a serious problem that must be addressed, the AGs say, but the role played by prescription opioids cannot be ignored.

    “Incentivizing” opioid alternatives

    “All else being equal,” the AG letter says, “providers will often favor those treatment options that are most likely to be compensated, either by the government, an insurance provider, or a patient paying out-of-pocket. Insurance companies thus are in a position to make a very positive impact in the way that providers treat patients with chronic pain.

    “When patients seek treatment for any of the myriad conditions that cause chronic pain, doctors should be encouraged to explore and prescribe effective non-opioid alternatives, ranging from non-opioid medications (such as NSAIDs) to physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, and chiropractic care. Insurance companies can play an important role in reducing opioid prescriptions and making it easier for patients to access other forms of pain management treatment.

    Status quo unacceptable

    “In the near future, working in conjunction with other institutional stakeholders (such as State Insurance Commissioners), we hope to initiate a dialogue concerning your members’ incentive structures in an effort to identify those practices that are conducive to these efforts and those that are not. We hope that this process will highlight problematic policies and spur increased use of non-opioid pain management techniques. The status quo, in which there may be financial incentives to prescribe opioids for pain which they are ill-suited to treat, is unacceptable. We ask that you quickly initiate additional efforts so that you can play an important role in stopping further deaths,” the AGs said.

    Here at Novus, we are 100 percent behind any intelligent effort that can help reduce the proliferation of prescription opioids. Other, less risky treatment options do exist, and they should be encouraged.

    ">

    Are America's physicians responsible for the soaring rate of opioid abuse and overdose deaths across the country? "Not exclusively," says Dr. F. Perry Wilson. "But we can't deny that somewhere in the chain of events that leads to opioid abuse lies a prescription pad." Wilson, a MedPage Today…

    Read More >
    Novus is the best way to get your life back as painlessly as possible.

    Call to speak to one of our experienced & caring detox advisors today!

    Gun deaths and drug deaths both continue to increase across America, and both have captured wide public and media attention. But when you compare the statistics for each, the effects of drugs far outweigh those caused by guns. From 2000 to 2014, says a report from the Centers for Disease Control…

    Read More >

    The emergency department at New Jersey hospital St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, N.J., is one of the busiest ERs in the nation. And now it’s switching to non-opioid treatments for pain, says a story in The New York Times. The Times article says that the ER is using opioids…

    Read More >

    BREAKING NEWS: In spite of the controversy, a vast majority of physicians surveyed say they support and will implement the new guidelines in their opioid prescribing habits, which promises big changes in opioid use across the country. The battle lines have been drawn for decades: On one side,…

    Read More >
    Novus is the best way to get your life back as painlessly as possible.

    Call to speak to one of our experienced & caring detox advisors today!

    Building the country's largest illicit prescription empire (Novus reports to professionals in the treatment industry to help support and encourage the help needed to handle the epidemic of addiction in the US.) A Philadelphia doctor who is now in jail employed the services of a notoriously…

    Read More >

    The small and almost unknown town of Austin, Indiana – population 4,200 – is the center of the worst surge in cases of HIV and Hepatitis C in state history. And the epidemic is stemming entirely from one drug – Opana ER extended release oxymorphone – being injected with shared…

    Read More >

    The number of opioid-addicted newborns in Florida, like heroin and hydrocodone, has increased more than 10-fold since 1995, says a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And the soaring 10-fold increase “far exceeds the three-fold increase observed nationally,”…

    Read More >
    Novus is the best way to get your life back as painlessly as possible.

    Call to speak to one of our experienced & caring detox advisors today!

    Are you suffering from chronic pain and aren’t satisfied with your treatment? Are you taking prescription opioids and still not getting the relief you crave? Have you tried other types of treatment and yet you’re still suffering? Are you confused by all the different things you read or hear…

    Read More >
    Email Us

    message
    SUBSCRIBE to our weekly newsletter