U.S. Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Tim Scott of South Carolina launched the Prescription Drug Abuse Caucus on May 22, 2015 to raise awareness and help the many families who have suffered as a result of this epidemic.
Manchin stated: “We have a responsibility- especially to our children- to stop the scourge of prescription drug abuse. Far too many Americans have been affected by this growing epidemic, far too many families have been torn apart, and far too many lives have been lost… We must go after this problem from every angle- family assistance, counseling programs, consumer and medical education, law enforcement support, state and federal legislation.”
Manchin’s home state of West Virginia could be described as the epicenter of the prescription drug abuse trend. This state currently leads the entire country in drug overdose deaths with 29 deaths per 100,000 people due to prescription drug abuse. Nine out of every 10 of those deaths are from prescription drugs. Their drug overdose death rate has increased by 605 percent since 1999.
In May of 2015, Manchin and U.S. District Attorney Booth Goodwin hosted a meeting addressing the prescription drug problem and proposed measures to help effectively address the issue. Manchin emphasized that both state and federal governments must work on implementing harsher sentencing for drug dealers and create more drug addiction treatment programs for struggling addicts. He proposed that changes should be made regarding how doctors prescribe controlled medication to patients.
The Prescription Drug Abuse Caucus’ mission is to raise awareness about the dangers that can occur as a result of prescription drug abuse. The members of this caucus will work with stakeholders to implement these solutions addressing the country’s need for prescription drug abuse treatment and prevention.
The prescription drug abuse epidemic affects many addicts and their loved ones on a daily basis. Treatment options such as detox programs and group therapy can be effective resources that encourage recovery.
Sovereign Health Group offers various inpatient and outpatient treatment programs for patients who are struggling with drug addiction, mental health disorders and dual diagnosis. If you know someone who is struggling with drug addiction and is in need of addiction treatment, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of our team over the phone or through our online chat. Our admissions helpline is open 24/7 and one of our treatment specialists can assist you in finding the right treatment option for you.
Written by Benjamin Creekmore, Sovereign Health Group writer