In the United States, were over 50,000 over dose related deaths in 2015. Of that total, roughly 30,000 of these overdoses were a result of opioid consumption. While America accounts for only 5% of the world’s population, it consumes more than 80% of the world’s opioid supply.
In a Wednesday’s press brief, Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that Coulselor, Kelly Anne Conway will be spearheading opioid addiction efforts for the White House. ”The president has made it type of White House priority,” said Sessions.
The full White House statement reads:
“A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY: President Donald J. Trump is mobilizing his entire Administration to address drug addiction and opioid abuse by directing the declaration of a Nationwide Public Health Emergency to address the opioids crisis.
The action allows for expanded access to telemedicine services, including services involving remote prescribing of medicine commonly used for substance abuse or mental health treatment.
The action helps overcome bureaucratic delays and inefficiencies in the hiring process, by allowing the Department of Health and Human Services to more quickly make temporary appointments of specialists with the tools and talent needed to respond effectively to our Nation’s ongoing public health emergency.
The actions allow the Department of Labor to issue dislocated worker grants to help workers who have been displaced from the workforce because of the opioid crisis, subject to available funding.
The action allows for shifting of resources within HIV/AIDS programs to help people eligible for those programs receive substance abuse treatment, which is important given the connection between HIV transmission and substance abuse.
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS FIGHTING BACK: The Trump White House has moved quickly to address the drug addiction and opioid crisis, with the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis leading the way.
In March 2017, President Trump established the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, with the following stated mission: “to study the scope and effectiveness of the Federal response to drug addiction and the opioid crisis and to make recommendations to the President for improving that response.”
President Trump eagerly awaits the Commission’s final report so that he can review their findings and recommendations.
Since President Trump took office, more than $1 billion in funding has been allocated or spent directly addressing the drug addiction and opioid crisis.This is a serious problem and Trump is serious about fixing it.”
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