- Prescriptions for opioids rose from 76 million in 1991 to 207 million in 2013
- Overdose deaths from prescription opioids more than tripled in the past 20 years
- Insurance companies lose an estimated $72.5 billion annually because of opioid addiction
(CNN)The latest fighters in the opioid addiction epidemic aren't addicts-turned-activists, cops or even addiction counselors. They are health insurance companies.