Data Brief: Opioid Use in Medicare Part D
Overdose deaths from opioids are at epidemic levels, and the crisis is now considered a public health emergency. In 2015, more than 52,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States - about 33,000 of those deaths involved opioids. Estimates for 2016 show a sharp increase, with over 64,000 drug overdose deaths - 175 deaths each day. Identifying patients who are at risk of overdose or abuse is key to addressing this crisis. This data brief will provide updated data on Part D spending for opioids and the number of beneficiaries that received extreme amounts of opioids through Part D and those who appear to be "doctor shopping."
|Announced or Revised||Agency||Title||Component||Report Number(s)||Expected Issue Date (FY)|
|Completed||Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services||Data Brief: Opioid Use in Medicare Part D||Office of Evaluation and Inspections||OEI-02-18-00220||2018|