The risk of opioid use disorder is greater than what’s diagnosed

Congress is close to voting on a bill that, if passed, seeks to address the opioid crisis in the United States. The bipartisan bill includes legislation aimed at combating the public health epidemic, from strengthening efforts to stop illegal drug trafficking to expanding access to treatment and prevention programs. According to research from the Kaiser Family Foundation, 66% of all overdose deaths in the United States are related to opioids.

Consultants and actuaries at Milliman have recently published two articles exploring opioid use disorder data in the United States. The first focused on the scale of the opioid epidemic within the insurance industry. The second examined opioid prescription drug patterns in diagnosed and non-diagnosed opioid use disorder populations. The following infographic illustrates key findings from Milliman’s latest research.