There is an epidemic brewing in our medicine cabinets: prescription drug abuse. An estimated 5,500 people begin abusing prescription drugs every day, and a majority of them obtain these medications from a friend, family member or doctor. These powerful medications, which provide relief to many suffering from major injuries or serious illnesses, are also a leading cause of death in the United States.
Each year, prescription drug abuse claims nearly 15,000 lives – more than cocaine and heroin combined. Once addicted, abusers go to great lengths, often resorting to theft and fraud, to obtain these drugs. They pose a huge risk to themselves, their families and our communities. They also cost the healthcare system billions of dollars each year.
This video explains the scope of the prescription drug fraud, waste and abuse problem in our country and highlights how Express Scripts uses a combination of proprietary data analytics and investigative techniques to fight this epidemic.
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