Abuse of prescription painkillers, known as opioids, is a widespread and growing problem in the United States. The epidemic adds billions of dollars to health care, work place and criminal justice costs each year. Aetna (NYSE: AET) is helping to reverse this rising trend with integrated pharmacy, behavioral health and medical programs. The programs connect health care providers and give members seamless access to the right support - mind and body - to fight addiction, while saving millions of dollars in health care.
"Every case of prescription drug abuse and every member differs. Aetna's clinical experts and data systems work to address the multiple ways abuse can start and continue. Our programs have proven to help members prevent physical and emotional harm and slow the unfortunate costs that come with opioid abuse," said Ed Pezalla, M.D., national medical director for pharmacy policy and strategy.
Innovative Prevention and Treatment Programs
Aetna's pharmacists, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists and pain specialists work together across pharmacy and medical benefit plans to help safeguard access to opioids, identify members at risk, and provide the appropriate levels of support to fight opioid addiction.