Using Data to Reduce and Predict Prescription Drug Fraud

In the United States, there was a 200 percent increase in opioid-related deaths from 2000 to 2014. In 2014 alone, more than 46,000 people died from a drug overdose, 28,000 of those stemming from opioid abuse. The National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association estimates the monetary cost to insurers, Medicare, and Medicaid—just from drug diversion and illicit acquisition—to be upward of $72 billion per year.

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