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BCBS says 1 of 5 patients on their insurance was prescribed an opioid in 2015. (Photo: iStock)

Even as claims for opioid addiction and dependence soared almost 500 percent between 2010 and 2016, a report from Blue Cross and Blue Shield indicates more than 1 out of 5 people insured by the company were prescribed an opioid painkiller at least once in 2015.


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