Do you know how many of your members suffer from opioid use disorder? Do you know the toll it is taking on your community and your health plan network? Raising awareness about the human, societal, and health care toll of the opioid epidemic in your community is an important first step to rallying support for launching an opioid safety initiative. In this section we include a chart pack with national and California data on the impact of the opioid epidemic; you may use these slides in presentations to support the case for an opioid safety initiative. We also share an infographic template for you to customize with information about the epidemic’s impact on your members and community.
How to Do It
- Demonstrate that members are at risk.
- Illustrate how government and communities are mobilizing to address the issue.
- Emphasize the value of leading the change and being seen as part of the solution.
Health Plan Stories
Blue Shield of California
The chief health officer in 2014 recognized the impact of the opioid crisis on Blue Shield of California’s members.
Inland Empire Health Plan and the Inland Empire Opioid Crisis Coalition
In 2015, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) joined a coalition of community and health care stakeholders concerned with the opioid crisis.
Kaiser Permanente Southern California
Partnership HealthPlan of California
Partnership HealthPlan of California (PHC) discovered that Vicodin (hydrocodone) was its most frequently prescribed medication.
Download a customizable infographic (ZIP) and slide deck (ZIP), both with instructions. These tools provide an easy and compelling way to visually tell the story of the opioid epidemic in your California county or region.
See also the Zero Suicide Toolkit site, which hosts a wide variety of tools that can be easily adapted to opioid safety work.
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: CMS Roadmap to Address the Opioid Epidemic (PDF)