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Care, Responsibility and Recovery—Maine’s Opioid Epidemic

Sep 11, 2018
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Substance use disorders affect people of all ethnicities, ages, genders, geographic regions, and socioeconomic levels.  Like the rest of the country, Maine is experiencing a narcotic substance abuse crisis. In 2017, 418 people in Maine died of drug overdoses.

Substance use disorders affect people of all ethnicities, ages, genders, geographic regions, and socioeconomic levels.  Like the rest of the country, Maine is experiencing a narcotic substance abuse crisis. In 2017, 418 people in Maine died of drug overdoses.

As we begin to understand the societal costs of the opioid crisis, Community Health Options recognizes that we have a role in dealing with this crisis. We, like every health insurance company in the country, are challenged with the rising costs of medications, including lifesaving drug antidotes. Staying true to our core values and mission, we are working with our pharmacy providers and healthcare providers to monitor excess use of certain restricted medications and make lifesaving medications available to Members who need them.

Our intentions have been and always will be focused on the health of our Members. That’s why we partner with our Members through their healthcare journey to remove barriers, support transitions of care, and provide the tools and education for all Members to self-manage their health and wellness. Care Managers are available to answer general or complex medical questions, help Members navigate sometimes confusing processes, such as obtaining medical equipment for the home or ordering specialty medications, and can help if Members experience a critical event or diagnosis that requires extensive use of health services or resources. You can reach a Care Manager by contacting Member Services between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday, at 855-624-6463.

Prevention works; treatment is effective; people can and do recover.

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