KHN: Medicare Beneficiaries May Face ‘Treatment Gap’ For Painkiller Abuse, Misuse

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Medicare beneficiaries had the highest and most rapidly growing rate of “opioid use disorder,” according to research article published in JAMA Psychiatry.

Medicare beneficiaries had the highest and most rapidly growing rate of “opioid use disorder,” according to research article published in JAMA Psychiatry.

Kaiser Health News: Study: Medicare Beneficiaries May Face ‘Treatment Gap’ For Painkiller Abuse, Misuse 

Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, for Kaiser Health News, reports: “When most people think of the victims of the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic, they seldom picture members of the Medicare set. But a research letter published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry found Medicare beneficiaries had the highest and most rapidly growing rate of “opioid use disorder.” Six of every 1,000 recipients struggle with the condition, compared with one out of every 1,000 patients covered through commercial insurance plans. (Heredia Rodriguez, 7/20)

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