President Trump is getting on board with industry experts who claim America is experiencing an opiate crisis. Over the last 10 years, prescription pills and illicit street-level opiates like carfentanil have claimed the lives of millions of Americans across every sector of society and location. The high availability of illegal opiates likely stems from a combination of overprescription in the early 2000’s and a blossoming black market trade flowing from countries like China.
Tightened restrictions on prescribers has done little to stem the path of destruction; although prescription numbers have dropped, more people than ever are turning to heroin and counterfeit Fentanyl instead.
Trump’s plans to tell his health secretary to “declare a public health emergency” remain pending and the president has yet to announce any funding to fight the crisis. However, both the White House and Congress are in talks about the potential for funding.
The approximately $1 billion fighting the opiate crisis since the new POTUS took office was set into place by the Obama administration. However, much of that funding has gone into providing overdose relief in the form of Narcon, which cities are now dispersing freely in awareness groups and over the counter purchases.
- Almost 100 people per day die as a result of the opiate crisis
- Crackdowns on prescribers have done little to stem the tide of addiction
- Addiction rates include heroin, prescription pills, and drugs like carfentanil
- The administration has yet to announce any attempts at further funding
- Both the White House and Congress are in talks about potential funding
- The declaration, if officially released, will last just 90 days
How do you think this threat to public safety should be handled?