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There’s an apparent crisis in opioid prescription drug overdoses, and private and public insurers are footing most of the bill for the drugs that are causing the deaths.

That’s what a study cited in Health Affairs found. Researchers compared payments for opioid-based prescription drugs from 1999 to 2012, and saw an alarming trend in patient out-of-pocket payments.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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