Struggling To Keep Up With Overdoses
States and our Federal Government are all trying to figure out how to fight the Heroin & Opioid Epidemic in this country. Our Leaders have different opinions on what should be done. All we know is that more should have been done a decade ago. It is ridiculous that our politicians are just now scrambling around to fix this problem when its been going on and getting worse for two decades.
Nancy Reagan new what was up when she created the program called “JUST SAY NO”. As a school kid at that time in the 1980’s I remember this program and it stuck with me. Where did that program go? Who knows. It seems that when she left the Presidential office with her Husband,…this program died out. That is unfortunate because I cannot remember any national program similar to this that replaced it.
I should say that there is a program called D.A.R.E. I am sure you have heard of it. They basically go to elementary schools and give a short presentation. Although, this is a great effort because its ‘something’, its simply NOT enough. More must be done even though it seems to be too late.
We cannot give up. The community needs to join together and step up to fight this opioid crisis even if our government lags behind. Governmental support would be beneficial because of the funding they can provide. After all, it is our money that could be used to fight drug addiction. We are the ones who provide the State & Federal tax dollars that get delegated to programs. Contact your State Governor and demand that more funds be used to fight drug addiction.
Now that our Governments have awakened, what will they do? We present a news article below from CNN that provides two different perspectives on how to cope with the heroin & opioid epidemic. One is declaring a Public Health Emergency and the other leader wants to begin charging addicts for the cost of a drug that halts a heroin overdose.
Whether you agree with either of these ‘remedies’ or not,…I am sure that you would agree that far more must be done to combat this drug problem. We need more focus on Awareness & Prevention, Better Treatments, more successful Recovery methods and Opportunities for recovered addicts. All of these ‘pillars’ of fighting drug addiction are covered within our site HEROin Me.
Read the article below and give us your comments. We would like to hear from each of you whether you have direct experience with heroin & opioid addiction or not. Your thoughts and ideas matter because collectively we are the community. We are the people who can make a difference if we cannot count on our State and Federal Governments.
(CNN) — Lawmakers across the country are trying various methods to combat the staggering opioid epidemic, and two states’ governors are taking matters into their own hands to fight the escalating crisis.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order Wednesday declaring a statewide public health emergency in response to the problem, according to a statement from his office.
By signing the executive order, Florida can immediately draw down more than $27 million in federal funds previously awarded by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Sunshine State received the funding in April as part of a two-year award totaling more than $54 million from the HHS Opioid State Targeted Response Grant, given by HHS Secretary Tom Price. Without the executive order, Florida would have had to wait until the start of the next fiscal year in July before accessing the funds.
“I know firsthand how heartbreaking substance abuse can be to a family because it impacted my own family growing up,” Scott said in the statement. “The individuals struggling with drug use are sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and friends and each tragic case leaves loved ones searching for answers and praying for help.”
As part of the executive order, Scott also directed state Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Phillip to declare a statewide public health emergency and issue a standing order for the anti-overdose treatment Naloxone. In 2016, Florida enacted the “Emergency Treatment and Recovery Act,” which authorized all Florida first responders, including law enforcement officers, paramedics and emergency medical technicians, to store and administer the emergency treatment.
According to the Florida Department of Health, opioids were responsible for the deaths of nearly 3,900 Floridians in 2015.
MAINE WANTS TO CHARGE FOR NALOXONE
Maine Gov. Paul LePage also wants to employ legislation in his state’s battle against opioids, although he is pursuing a more punitive course than his southern counterpart.
LePage this week submitted governor’s bill LD 1558 that would require people receiving opioid overdose treatments such as Naloxone to pay for the antidote if they are receiving it for a second or subsequent time. Municipalities, including first responders, are also subject to a $1,000 fine if they do not attempt to recoup the cost of administrating the Naloxone from those receiving the treatment more than once. “The municipality or county or agent shall make all reasonable efforts to recover the cost of the dose administered if it is not the first opioid antagonist administered to the individual,” the bill reads.
LePage and the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Frances Head, did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.
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