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The opioid crisis has struck America. I know, because my health insurance has notified me of such. It’s Cigna’s “goal to offer access to coverage for safe, effective and affordable medications.” They want me to know that starting July 1st, they will restrict my coverage to amounts that they consider to be safe.
I was shocked, just shocked, to see that “accidental opioid overdoses reportedly kill more people than car accidents.”
Thank God Cigna is there to save me from myself!
I mean, with my Butalbital-ASA-Caffeine that I take rarely for migraines, it’s so important that they prevent me from taking it frequently. Also, without this letter, I never would have known that it was a narcotic or opiate. Butalbital is usually classed as a barbituate, but who am I to judge? This letter explains to me just how dangerous all of this is!
Thank God that they are here to save me from myself and my appropriate medical knowledge.
Coming to a mailbox near you: coverage limits on drugs that will be reclassed as “opiates” simply because the insurance does not want to cover larger amounts and does not want to be responsible for potential overdoses. I wouldn’t be so outraged if the Pharm D. who signed this inane form letter had a specific provision stating that not all medications in this were opiates, but were going to be subject to increased oversight. It particularly irks me that their Chief Pharmacy Officer is spouting information from Cleveland Clinic and is being completely indiscriminate. Less educated people would just accept that they had somehow been on opiates all this time and simply did not know. I consider this letter to be an example of bad faith and inappropriate education, bordering on fraudulent misinformation. It increases panic and increases the stigma for people who happen to use and need opiates for pain control.
Just be aware. Misinformation is not just on the news anymore.