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Up for grabs: Payers share responsibility for opioid epidemic

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The prescription opioid epidemic ravaging the country claims almost a hundred lives daily with an annual economic cost upward of $500 billion.1 This epidemic is so widespread that current estimates are that almost 2 million Americans are dependent on or abuse prescription opioids.2

As would be expected, there is no lack of finger-pointing at who is to blame. But curiously, there hasn’t been much focus on who should take responsibility for adequately addressing it.

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Joy Stephenson-Laws
Joy Stephenson-Laws JD
Founding and managing partner Stephenson, Acquisto & Colman Burbank, California