The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the “CMS Roadmap to Address the Opioid Epidemic” in June 2018 (1). CMS stated at the time that “although some progress has been made in efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate the crisis is not slowing down” (2).
Highlights of the crisis are:
Opioids killed more than 42,000 people in the United States in 2016 or 116 people a day.
40% of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid.