Every 13 minutes in the United States, a person dies from an opioid overdose.1 More than 2 million people in the U.S. suffer from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid painkillers. Because opioids are highly addictive, anyone who takes them can be at risk.
UnitedHealth Group is addressing the crisis. We are applying and coordinating capabilities, data and efforts across our companies, which span the spectrum of health services.
UnitedHealth Group is taking a uniquely comprehensive approach to this complex crisis.
We are leveraging our data analytics capabilities to help minimize exposure to opioids and stop misuse before it starts by:
We promote evidence-based treatment that gives individuals the best chance for recovery:
Opioid use disorder requires lifelong attention. We are committed to supporting individuals in their recovery and helping communities heal by:
1. National Opioids Crisis. Department of Health and Human Services. Available at: https://www.hhs.gov/opioids/
2. National Institute on Drug Abuse. Opioid Overdose Crisis. Updated January 2018. Available at: https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-overdose-crisis#five
3. The Council of Economic Advisors. The Underestimated Cost of the Opioid Crisis. November 2017. Available at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/images/The%20Underestimated%20Cost%20of%20the%20Opioid%20Crisis.pdf
4. CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/rr/rr6501e1.htm?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fmmwr%2Fvolumes%2F65%2Frr%2Frr6501e1er.htm
5. K. Cox. Data from Optum geo access reports for Commercial membership. 4/24/18.