Source: FAIR Health
The more than 3,000 percent increase, from 2007 to 2014, for opioid dependence, relates to people with symptoms that include needing to take more prescription painkillers or heroin to achieve the same effect, withdrawal "and repeated unsuccessful efforts to quit," Fair Health noted.
The vast majority of such claims, 69 percent, came from adults between the age of 19 and 35.
And "men in all age groups continue to be more likely than women to be diagnosed as opioid dependent," Fair Health's analysis said. For example, among 19- to 45-year-olds, 67 percent of claims for opioid dependence came from men; just 33 percent were from women.
However, the analysis found that gap shrank the older women got. Between the ages of 46 and 55 years, for example, 55 percent of opioid dependence claims were for men, and women comprised 45 percent of the claims.