FEDS WILL DISH OUT $53 MILLION – FIGHT HEROIN
Aug. 31, 2016 3:32 AM ET
WASHINGTON — Finally the opiate addiction epidemic nation-side is getting more attention from the top leaders in the White House. The Obama Administration has committed to disburse 53 million to certain States who have the worse statistics on opioid over-dose deaths. Ohio is a leading State when it comes to the heroin epidemic. Last year, they average 8 over-dose deaths a day in Ohio! Many other States are similar with very high, startling figures that support what we now know is a tragic epidemic.
How much has to happen, before the Nation opens it eyes to opiate/heroin addiction. Today, everyone knows at least one person who is being affected by opiate addiction. Everyone has a family member, neighbor, friend, co-worker who has fallen victim to this powerful drug called opioids.
It is a good start for our FEDS to dedicate funds in an effort to curb opioid abuse. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, says “the funding will focus on reducing over-prescribing of pain killers, increasing access to treatment and making sure the antidote naloxone is widely available.”
The administration is also calling on Congress to provide $1.1 billion in new money, saying legislation recently signed into law didn’t do enough to expand treatment. That bill authorized $181 million in new spending. Again, these are good efforts. But, more must be done. Society needs to take a comprehensive approach to fighting opioid addiction. We must create awareness to our young people about the dangers of experimenting with opiates. They are more addicting than any other drug as far as the physical body is concerned (as well as mental). Because of how physically addicting opiates are (un-like Weed-thc) it causes the user to use over and over again making them a long-term addict. It is extremely difficult for people to break the habit of heroin or other opiate drugs like prescription (oxycontine, Opana, Vicodin, etc.) because of what it does to ones body. In addition, the withdrawals from opiate drugs are more severe than any other chemical substance. Withdrawals, although not deadly to the body,…can be deadly to the mind when a person cannot deal with the feelings associated with detoxing and withdrawal syndrome. So very terrible that they will do anything to score more drugs so that they do not have to withdrawal again. This is a viscous cycle that causes relapse after relapse. This is why we need more funding to help fight opiate addiction.
Steve Williams, the mayor of Huntington, West Virginia, said in a conference call announcing the funding that opioid abuse is so common he carries an overdose reversal kit with him. He says federal funding is urgently needed so people seeking treatment don’t have to wait months.
Funds need to be used to teach kids in school about their genetic history and how addiction gets passed down from generation to generation. If they have addiction (opiate) that runs in their family they will surely become the same if they ever experiment with opiate drugs. They must “JUST SAY NO” as Nancy Reagon coined back in the late 80’s. Treatment and Recovery programs need to be increased and made better using FED funds. These funds need to be used to educate opiate addicts about their brain chemicals and how they get depleted while using heroin. Becauue these brain chemicals are depleted, they feel physically and mentally terrible after detoxing. Although, our brains will naturally heal themselves and begin producing good brain chemicals again, its usually take too long and they relapse to halt the horrible physical and mental ‘feelings’ they endure. The answer to this is education and action. Information is power and awareness is prevention. You can prevent your relapse if you find out which brain chemicals you are depleted of (dopamine/seretonin), and then take the proper natural supplements as a pre-curser to initiate your brain releasing the perfect balance of good chemicals. More funding will force this issue into the realm of wide-spread education and awareness across this nation with additional programs and campaigns.