Bloomberg pondered the opioid crisis in a feature yesterday, asking why the government has not forced prescribers to use prescription drug monitoring databases and share between states. Some advocates call for rapid action such as is seen with infectious disease outbreaks. Gary Mendell, a former hotel executive interviewed for the article whose son struggled with drug addiction and then committed suicide asked, “If this were Ebola, and the government thought that 30,000 people might die this year from Ebola, I don’t believe you would see evidence-based solutions and recommendations that would be implemented over the next decade. I believe you would see solutions implemented in weeks.”
Read the entire piece here.
Interested in the opioid crisis and the role of “evidence-based” strategies? The issue is our next discussion at Louisiana Comp Blog’s “Comp in Focus” luncheon on May 10th. More info and registration here.