The growth of opiate abuse and addiction has hit epidemic proportions in the United States. The CDC recently estimated the total economic burden to be $78.5 billion a year. To say that the cost to lives, directly and indirectly, has been huge would be an understatement. Several states count more opiate prescriptions than people. Tennessee is one of those states. Serving more than 3.4 million Tennesseans, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee(BCBST) has been thrust into the middle of the epidemic.
The previous excerpt was taken from the Teradata PARTNERS blog post originally published on May 8, 2017, Using Analytics to Make a Difference: Finding and Preventing Opiate Abuse.