The American Journal of Managed Care, recently posted commentary that, there was an alternative approach to the opioid epidemic that can improve both health and financial outcomes. Their commentary:
- builds upon “Deaths, Dollars, and Diverted Resources: Examining the Heavy Price of the Opioid Epidemic,” a supplement of The American Journal of Managed Care®;
- includes additional data demonstrating the financial stakes of managed care institutions in the opioid epidemic; and
- contains a graphic showing the trajectory of those financial stakes in the context of the current opioid epidemic treatment approach.
"Insights learned from the worsening opioid epidemic due to coronavirus disease 2019, along with necessary social distancing recommendations, suggest an ultimate path to successful treatment by investing in modalities that promote emotional resiliency building and help address the factors that made patients susceptible to opioid reliance in the first place."