Health Providers in San Francisco Reduce Prescriptions for Painkillers
by Carrie McFadden
Nov 10, 2017
With concerns about an opioid epidemic, health insurers of San Francisco city employees have sought to reduce the painkiller prescriptions that many point to as the cause of the crisis.

Blue Shield of California has set a goal of reducing opioid prescriptions by 50 percent by next year, and says it's seen a 32 percent reduction thus far. Kaiser Permanente has seena  42 percent reduction since 2013, when their own reduction efforts began.

While health care providers are still giving prescriptions for pain management as needed, they're trying to limit the amount of pills they prescribe (i.e., 10 rather than 100) and explore other options if they feel they'll be sufficient.