Describing the escalating opioid crisis as a “national shame and human tragedy,” President Trump ordered the announcement of a public health emergency nationwide in the East Room of the White House on Oct. 26, 2017. The recent renewable declaration will be valid for 90 days and will facilitate the Trump administration to divert resources to provide medical intervention to afflicted individuals in rural regions.
Besides, the presidential announcement concedes additional liberties to the Health and Human Services Secretary to waive some regulations and individual states to recruit more counselors to alleviate the existing misery. Expressing serious concerns over the immense devastation, the President said that “Nobody has seen anything like what’s going on now. As Americans we cannot allow this to continue. It is time to liberate our communities from this scourge of drug addiction.”
Lauding the President’s move, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, head of Trump’s opioid commission, said that the declaration reflects the President’s outstanding commitment to deal with this epidemic. On the contrary, the paucity of federal funds to sponsor long-term treatment programs to save around 2 million Americans languishing in the throes of opioid addiction has raise doubts about the gravity of the government’s obligation.
Following the declaration, Grant Smith, the deputy director of the Drug Policy Alliance’s office of national affairs, said that there were insufficient funds to handle the ongoing crisis as the current Public Health Emergency Fund account has a mere $57,000. In fact, administration officials said that Congress hasn’t replenished the public health emergency fund account for years, and needs to add money during the end-of-the year budget negotiations. Whereas, being doubtful of the effectiveness of the latest emergency, Andrew Kolodny, Co-Director of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative (OPRC), said that an additional $60 billion over the next 10 years would be required to combat the opioid crisis efficiently. Also questioning the seriousness of the commitment, Dr. Joseph Parks, medical director of the nonprofit National Council for Behavioral Health asked, “How can you say it’s an emergency if we’re not going to put a new nickel in it?”
The President also said that his administration was seeking new non-addictive pain management options, which can replace lethal opioids in the market. Besides, Trump added that he would soon launch an anti-drug ad campaign to spread awareness among the American youth and work toward the achievement of the border wall in the south to curb the influx of drugs from Mexico. “We want the next generation of Americans to know the blessings of a drug-free life,” said Trump, while he announced new measures to step up his efforts in what he described as the deadliest crisis in American history.
Opioid crisis in America
In the last two decades, the opioid epidemic has spread like wild fire across the length and breadth of the nation without a definite end in sight. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioids and heroin) quadrupled. From 2000 to 2015 more than half a million people died from drug overdoses. 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.
Research suggests in majority of the cases, physicians, dentists and other licensed medical practitioners generally wrote prescriptions for addictive opioid painkillers to their patients to cope with post-surgical pain or other painful conditions arising from chronic ailments. However, there have been unlimited instances where such painkiller opioids have been overprescribed leading to monumental surges in addiction, total dependence on the pill, including overdose deaths, and even drug-fueled criminal activities. In fact, experts say opioids claim more victims than gun violence or car crashes in the country. Deadly overdoses kill more Americans than mass shootings and road accidents nationwide.
Opioid addiction is treatable
The U.S. is going through a deadly opioid crisis, which continues to add to the growing numbers of lethal overdoses across the nation. Abuse of prescription opioids like Percocet, Vicodin, OxyContin, Opana, Morphine and methadone is destroying families, depriving the nation of productive time, money and manpower. To curb these trends and save lives, efforts must be made to support and treat those who suffer from opioid use disorders. In such a nerve-wracking situation, the only way to embrace sobriety is to undergo a customized prescription drug addiction treatment programs at a well-known drug addiction treatment center to reverse the damaging effects of lethal opioids.
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