The United States has experienced an alarming rate of growth when it comes to heroin and opioid addiction. In fact, rehab centers in Southern California are filling up at an alarming rate because of the amount of people who overdose on prescription drugs, and opioids in particular. Residents of the United States have called in the government to do something about the problem, and the President responded with gusto.
$1.1 Billion for Opioid Addiction Treatment
Because 28,648 people died in 2014 in opioid related deaths, the President decided it was time to set aside significant funds to help address the growing problem. Specifically, he set aside $1.1 billion for the 2017 fiscal year to further the use of Naloxone, develop more evidence-based prevention programs, more closely monitor prescription drug use, and host take-back events.
The problem of heroin and opioid abuse is growing in larger numbers in rural areas than anywhere else. That’s why the President has not only allotted the states $500 million to address the issue, but has called for more focus in rural areas in those states. It will also be possible for physician assistants and nurse practitioners to prescribe the drug that helps with opioid addiction: buprenorphine.
The important thing is that the issue is being addressed by more than just rehab centers in Southern California. These funds will help expand existing programs and offer treatment to those who aren’t currently eligible. Hopefully, the next step will be to educate more people on pain management methods so that opioid use isn’t so common in the first place.