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Opioid Epidemic

It’s time for all of us to work together to find common-sense solutions that help stem the tide of the opioid epidemic. Listen to the message above from BCBSTX President Dr. Dan McCoy to learn more about the opioid crisis in Texas. For more information, check out our Blue Promise series.

View or listen to Blue Promise: Combating the Opioid Epidemic here:

Blue Promise is an online video blog and podcast that aims to address complicated health issues with candid conversations from subject matter experts. New editions are published regularly and are hosted by Dr. Dan McCoy, President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.

 
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I’m Dr. Dan McCoy, president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.

If you’re like me, you’re disheartened from hearing about Texans dying from opioid abuse. It’s sad, unnecessary and wreaks a massive financial toll on our state. It’s time for all of us to work together to find common-sense solutions that help stem the tide of the opioid epidemic.

One way insurers could help is by directing at-risk members to only one provider or one pharmacy. That would help prevent something called “doctor or pharmacy shopping.”  It would also enable better monitoring of these frequently abused, highly addictive prescription drugs. Health plans could also identify high-risk members if they had access to the Texas prescription drug monitoring program or if they could share information with each other about new enrollees.  

The opioid crisis is complicated, but we can help make sure that vulnerable Texans get the care they need.

For more information about health issues affecting our state, visit bcbstx.com/bluepromise

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