Opioid Epidemic – How Did We Get Here?
This paper seeks to understand the unique set of circumstances that led to the dramatic rise in opioid prescriptions over the last few decades, and provide a brief overview of the resultant morbidity and mortality for the insured population.
Wrecked in a Mist of Opium – The Effects of Prescription Opioid Abuse
The English author and cultural critic Matthew Arnold described fellow poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge as a “philosopher wrecked in a mist of opium.” Using laudanum (a tincture of opium) to treat various ailments led Coleridge to lifelong addiction. Although laudanum is more closely controlled today, non-prescription use of opioid painkillers leads to addiction and remains a significant health threat.