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How Kaiser, Blue Shield will seek to limit opioid overdoses
Southern California Public Radio

With research indicating that the risk for fatal overdose dramatically increases when people take higher doses of opioids, two of California’s major health players – an HMO and an insurance company – are launching efforts aimed at getting doctors to prescribe the painkillers in smaller amounts.

The HMO – Kaiser Permanente of Southern California – is having the doctors on its payroll gradually reduce the dosages of opioids they prescribe until they’re below a level that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined constitutes a high overdose risk.