Blue Cross members can safely, conveniently, and responsibly dispose of any unused or expired prescription medications by participating in the DEA's Take Back Day events. Help prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.
The next Drug Take Back Day will take place
October 23, 2021
opioid prescriptions are dispensed in the U.S. on an average day
people treated in the ER for misusing prescription pain medication each day
people die each day from opioid overdose (includes heroin & prescription opioids)
reduction in number of opioid pills dispensed
reduction in long-acting oxycodone and oxymorphone use
reduction in fentanyl products dispensed
We manage our drug lists and create programs that allow appropriate pain management when needed, while minimizing misuse of opioids.
We identify at-risk members, monitor who's obtaining controlled substances from multiple prescribers, and analyze claims for larger-than-average amounts.
By integrating care, removing barriers to addiction treatment and helping members who overdose, we're making treatment more effective.
Working with physician groups, forging partnerships with other insurers and supporting community groups are all keys to success.
If you are prescribed opioids for pain, work with your doctor to create a plan on how to manage your pain and make the most informed decision. Follow up regularly with your doctor.
Never take opioids in larger doses or more frequently than prescribed. Never sell or share prescription opioids. Store prescription opioids in a secure place, out of reach of others (including children, family, friends, and visitors).
Proper drug disposal is important because it reduces the chance that others may accidentally take or intentionally misuse the unneeded medicine.
Build awareness of substance use and misuse.
Promote local drug take-back opportunities.
Implement evidence-based prevention interventions and recovery supports.
Encourage providers, persons at high risk, family members, and others to learn how to prevent and manage opioid overdose.
Ensure access to treatment for individuals who are misusing or addicted to opioids or who have other substance use disorders.
Encourage the public to call 911.
Rise in Overdose Deaths During the Pandemic