JANUARY 11–14, 2018

Costs of the Opioid Crisis

Brian Shiozawa, MD

Regional Director
Region 8
US Department of Health & Human Services

Christine Hahn, MD

Medical Director
Idaho Division of Public Health

Every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. More than 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids—a rate that nearly doubled in the last decade. In addition to the tragedy of lost lives and devastated families, opioid abuse also exacts an economic cost of $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement. These costs fall heavily on the States. The Forum’s session evaluated strategies that have proven effective in addressing the opioid crisis and reviewed funding sources to implement such programs.

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JANUARY 11–14, 2018

Costs of the Opioid Crisis

Brian Shiozawa, MD

Regional Director
Region 8
US Department of Health & Human Services

Christine Hahn, MD

Medical Director
Idaho Division of Public Health

Every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. More than 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids—a rate that nearly doubled in the last decade. In addition to the tragedy of lost lives and devastated families, opioid abuse also exacts an economic cost of $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement. These costs fall heavily on the States. The Forum’s session evaluated strategies that have proven effective in addressing the opioid crisis and reviewed funding sources to implement such programs.

JANUARY 11–14, 2018

Costs of the Opioid Crisis

Brian Shiozawa, MD

Regional Director
Region 8
US Department of Health & Human Services

Christine Hahn, MD

Medical Director
Idaho Division of Public Health

Every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. More than 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids—a rate that nearly doubled in the last decade. In addition to the tragedy of lost lives and devastated families, opioid abuse also exacts an economic cost of $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement. These costs fall heavily on the States. The Forum’s session evaluated strategies that have proven effective in addressing the opioid crisis and reviewed funding sources to implement such programs.