Study Reveals Rise in Opioid Addiction from 2010 to 2016

A recent study has shown a 500 percent increase in opioid addiction from 2010 to 2016 among individuals insured by Blue Cross Blue Shield. Despite the spike in opioid addiction among the patients, only a few of them receive treatments to help their addiction. A study conducted by Blue Cross Blue Shield revealed that the number of patients who did receive treatment medication for their addiction only increased by 65 percent. The study also showed that women ages 45 years and older as well as men younger than 45 have higher of opioid use disorder. The highest rates of treatment for the disorder occur in the New England area, while the lowest occur in some of the Midwest and the South.