Blue Shield of California Reduces Member Opioid Use by 56%

 – Blue Shield of California’s Narcotic Safety Initiative has achieved a 56 percent reduction in opioid use among members with chronic pain, surpassing its 2018 year-end goal by six percentage points.

While opioid prescriptions have steadily decreased in recent years, deaths involving opioid use were six times higher in 2017 than they were in 1999, the CDC reports. Blue Shield of California has made a significant effort to reduce prescription opioid use and overdose deaths.