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Opioid crisis: Dependence diagnoses spike for privately insured

from FierceHealthcare

The rise of the opioid abuse crisis has led to a sharp uptick in the number of opioid dependence diagnoses in recent years among the privately insured, according to a white paper from FAIR Health. FAIR Health, a non-profit databank focused on healthcare transparency, examined its database of more than 20 billion privately billed health claims and found that between 2007 and 2014, opioid dependence diagnoses rocketed up 3,203 percent. The diagnoses “overwhelmingly” occurred among 19-35 year olds. more

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