Crippling communities across the United States, the opioid epidemic continues to devastate daily, with no signs of remission. Our White House’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis released an interim report early this week with an urgent recommendation– that our president declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency.
In this report, the commission focuses on expanding treatment options and resources to prevent opioid overdose, which we think addresses the problem in a solution-based manner, rather than the infamous ‘War on Drugs’ in the 1980’s. The commission proposes granting federal funds to expand recovery programs and actually getting the suffering addict into treatment for opioid dependence, a beacon of hope during this terrifying epidemic killing our countries citizens more and more everyday. The main goals established in the report is to rapidly increase treatment recovery capacity, establish further restriction on prescribing opiates, and providing more Naloxone (a life-saver that reverses opioid overdose) dispensing. Declaring this epidemic an emergency would effectively trigger access to the Public Health Emergency Fund, making it possible for our country to finally take some action effectively rather than idly standing by.
Additionally, the most recent data estimates that 142 Americans die every day from a drug overdose, and that nearly two-thirds of the deaths are linked to Percocet, OxyContin, heroin and fentanyl. The grim fact is that America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks . The report states boldly that after such an event, ‘the president and our nation banded together to use every tool at our disposal to prevent any further American deaths’. Why should the opiate crisis, killing thousands a week, lack the same attention that a terrorist attack would receive? This daunting comparison sheds light that we as a country can no longer idly stand by while our country faces the most deadly drug overdose crisis in American history and that something must be done.
It is currently unclear whether or not the Trump administration will accept these recommendations and begin to make changes, however we here at Infinite Recovery deeply believe that as this epidemic continues to kill our friends, our neighbors, our families, more than ever, the time to take action is now.
If you or a loved one is suffering from opiate addiction or heroin addiction, get opiate addiction help today. We offer a confidential hotline at (844) 206-9063 and our admissions team is available 24/7 online.