“Prescription opioid overdose, abuse, and dependence carries high costs for American society, with an estimated total economic burden of $78.5 billion, according to a study in the October issue of Medical Care.
Using data from a wide range of sources, the researchers estimated the “monetized burden” of prescription opioid overdose, abuse, and dependence in the United States. Costs were analyzed from a societal perspective — including direct healthcare costs, costs related to loss productivity, and costs to the criminal justice system.”
The journal article is available online at: http://journals.lww.com/lww-medicalcare/Fulltext/2016/10000/The_Economic_Burden_of_Prescription_Opioid.2.aspx
Source: ScienceDaily.com – September 14, 2016