more than 42,000 deaths in 2016
, a four-fold increase since 2002. As a result, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency
in 2017. With the rise in use of easy-to-produce synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl and fentanyl analogs, the epidemic is not slowing down.
To help combat the opioid epidemic, Coverys offers education and resources to our insured healthcare providers and communities, including:
- Online education on opioid addiction and treatment provided by Med-IQ®, a Coverys company
- Risk management support and resources to address opioid-related concerns in medical practice
In addition, Coverys has broadened the scope of education and support we provide. We have begun offering opioid awareness education to our employees over the last few years. The Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation
also sponsors opioid awareness and prevention education in communities where our offices are located.
The opioid epidemic has gripped the nation’s attention as the crisis has worsened and intensified over recent years. Opioid overdoses accounted for