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The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis | By Sandhya Gardner, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Relias, December 4, 2017

There has been no shortage of attention given to the current opioid abuse and overdose epidemic sweeping the U.S. Near-daily media reports highlight the staggering number of people who are addicted to prescription and illicit opioids and who die from.....Click to continue

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KFF: 10 Essential Facts About Medicare and Prescription Drug Spending

  1. Medicare accounts for a Growing Share of the Nation’s Prescription Drug Spending: 29% In 2015 Compared To 18% In 2006, the First Year of the Part D Benefit.
  2. Prescription Drugs accounted for $110 Billion In Medicare Spending In 2015, 17% of all Medicare Spending That Year.
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Source: Kaiser Family Foundation

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