California continues its love affair with prescription drugs…especially opioids

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California continues its love affair with prescription drugs…especially opioids.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Medi-Cal has seen a greater rise in spending on prescription drugs to treat opioid use disorders — and a bigger increase in the number of the drug units the program pays for — than almost any other state.

Between 2011 and 2017, the number of units of Medi-Cal-covered drugs that treat opioid use disorders — buprenorphine, naloxone and naltrexone — rose 775 percent, from 583,000 to a projected 5.1 million.

Only three states, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, saw more dramatic jumps.

In California, this translated to a 483 percent rise in spending by Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program, on the opioid crisis. In 2011, Medi-Cal spent $4 million on these treatment drugs, compared to nearly $24 million in 2016, according to previously released data from the Urban Institute.

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One thought on “California continues its love affair with prescription drugs…especially opioids

  1. here you have it, people.. Kaly wants to run a Single Payer Socialized Med Program and you can see the cost overruns starting right off the bat. 400 billion is the down payment for the eventual bankruptcy of Kaly.. If they can’t control cost overruns like this, then God only knows what will happen after their Single Payer system blows through the first 400 billion..

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