You probably know someone or have heard about someone who has struggled with opioid addiction.
What had been talked about privately before is now a public health epidemic in North Carolina and across the United States.
How did we get here? What can we all do to help?
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is committed to help – from funding for treatment and research partners, to working with members, providers and policy makers.
Dr. Anuradha Rao-Patel is a medical director at Blue Cross NC who specialized in pain management. She is one of the state's leaders in finding solutions to the opioid epidemic.
Consider the Impact in North Carolina, and Nationwide
Unintentional Opioid-related Overdose Rates Per 100,000 Persons (2010–2016)
N.C. Department of Health and Human Services
Percent of Members Who Filled at Least One Opioid Prescription in 2015
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association