Opioid Use in Medicare Part D Continued to Decline in 2019, but Vigilance is Needed as COVID-19 Raises New Concerns [open pdf - 625KB]
From the Document: "The United States has been grappling with the opioid crisis for several years. In 2018, nearly 47,000 opioid-related overdose deaths occurred in the United States. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has been tracking opioid use in Medicare Part D since 2016. In particular, OIG has identified beneficiaries at serious risk of opioid misuse or overdose and prescribers with questionable opioid prescribing for these beneficiaries. This data brief provides important information on opioid use in Medicare Part D in 2019, before the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. This information is critical to understanding trends in opioid use. This data brief will also provide comparison points for a forthcoming OIG data brief, which will examine changes in opioid use that occurred during the pandemic in 2020."
Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OEI-02-20-00320
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General: https://oig.hhs.gov/