President Trump Declared Opioid Crisis a Public Health Emergency
President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency back in November 2017. More than 140 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. The nation’s Public Health Emergency Fund has a current balance of just $57,000.
But the opioid crisis is a $14 billion problem, at minimum.
Listen in to this opiate recovery support group as they discuss how they would approach the crisis, if they had the funds to do so. It is always best to go directly to the source if we want to learn as much as we can about Opiate & Opioid (Heroin & Pain Pill) Addiction and Recovery.
These Opiate (addicts) are in recovery and have a lot to say about this latest Public Health Emergency.
I just hope technically that by making it a formal Public Health Emergency that enough funds are dedicated to this problem via our Congress and POTUS. This is a major problem that has been going on for decades. Nothing was done about it 10 years ago which is exactly why we are at crisis levels today.
Apparently, school kids were not warned enough about the dangers of drugs because look where we are at today.
More than 7 people die EVERY SINGLE HOUR of the day in the United States from drug overdose. Think about it,…by the time I am done writing this article there will be 7 overdose deaths nationwide.
By the time you get done reading this Post and sharing it with your valued friends and family, there will have been 3-4 people who overdosed and died. It is stunning yet startling to think about. Every hour of the day…this many deaths from such a preventable issue. A chemical that kills our body, but we choose to consume it because it makes you feel great. It is a BIG deception.
Addicts Are Not Bums
This is another topic all together, but this crisis goes way beyond just kids experimenting with drugs, or college kids partaking at a party. This is not about the druggies in our society who were burn-outs to begin with.
The majority of Heroin addicts today are very normal people. Statistics & Demographics prove this. Instead, it is your co-worker, friend, family member, neighbor, nurse, attorney, bus driver, professional business man who are succumbing to their addiction to opioids.
Most Heroin addicts first became addicted to their legally prescribed pain medications like OxyContin, or Vicodin. They were prescribed to treat real chronic pain issues…which there is nothing wrong with that.
The problem is that a decent percent of our population has addiction running in their families. They have a genetic pre-disposition to drug addiction. Similar to how alcoholics can pass alcoholism down to their children. Drug addiction works the same way. However, with information and awareness….people can break the genetic cycle and remain free from addiction.
We wish to thank Gail Gabbert, from “Opiate Support Group” for providing us with these PodCasts. We are all learning a lot from her class members who are currently in recovery when this discussion was recorded.
- Are you familiar with the declaration of the opioid crisis as a public health emergency?
- How is a public health emergency different from a national emergency?
- What are the pros and cons of this declaration?
- If you were in a position to change policy and were given funds to address the crisis, what strategies would you recommend?
(Click The Link Below To Listen To The PodCast)
Claude Brodesser-Akner, 7 takeways from Trump’s opioids public health emergency: What it really means, http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/10/5_takeaways_from_trumps_public_health_emergency_de.html
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