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Over 500K Medicare enrollees got opioids in large quantities last year
7/17/2017
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A report from the HHS Office of Inspector General found that over 500,000 Medicare Part D subscribers -- a figure that excludes those with cancer or in hospice care -- received more than 120 milligrams of morphine equivalent dose in opioids daily for three months or more last year, a dose that exceeds CDC-recommended levels for most patients and puts them at risk of addiction and overdose. Almost 70,000 beneficiaries got an equivalent of 240 mg MED or more daily for 12 months, while more than 22,000 appeared to have been "doctor shopping."

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