Researchers from the Kaiser Family Foundation published a study on the financial costs of the opioid crisis in the United States.
Highlights of the study include:
- Thirty-seven percent of adults with opioid addiction (non-elderly) are covered by private insurance.
- Thirty-eight percent of adults with opioid addiction are on Medicaid.
- Opioid use and spending among people with large employer coverage peaked in 2009 but has tapered off since then; it is now at lower levels than it had been more than a decade ago.
However, the study noted that treating opioid addiction and overdose among people with large employer coverage increased to $2.6 billion in 2016 from $0.3 billion in 2004.
Enrollees with large employer coverage and an opioid prescription were highest among the age group 55-65 (22 percent). The percentages decrease as one moves down the scale from an older to a younger group.
However, the 18 to 34 demographic spent the most on opioid addiction and overdose treatment.
Read more about the study.