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Deflecting the

Experts agree that only a multi-pronged approach will work.

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The problem of pain

We must stem the tide, and provide sensible pain management.

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Managing costs by managing risk

Costs associated with abuse have increased dramatically.

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Opioid misuse and abuse is a national health crisis – drug addiction is now the leading cause of accidental death. OptumRx® is confronting the opioid epidemic with an end-to-end solution, driving opioid safety and prevention through engagement, smart prescribing and ongoing monitoring. We aim to deliver the right care, at the right time, to the right members – using a five-pronged strategy:

Outcomes of opioid action plan

Compliance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines:

Results represent OptumRx commercial clients who adopted the utilization management edits for short-acting opioid prescriptions on July 1, 2017. Results are based on Q2–Q3 2017 client data and short-acting opioid prescription volume and do not represent a guarantee of results.

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Opioid abuse is a crisis in the U.S. 

This e-book helps define the complex problem, and details our strategies to help.


Your 5-Point Opioid Management Action Plan 

Hear from our Chief Pharmacy Officer on the opioid epidemic.


Origins of the opioid epidemic 

Overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death.


Outcomes of opioid action plan

See how the program is performing at curtailing the epidemic.


Counting the cost of opioid abuse 

Claims costs to treat dependence grew 1000% in 5 years.

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Better Outcomes for Patients and Clients 

Program significantly reduces inappropriate consumption, dispensing and prescribing.

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Opioid pain medications: What you need to know 

Learn how to safely use opioid medications.