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President Trump’s initiative to stop opioid abuse and reduce drug supply and demand: Addressing the triggers - Part I

President Trump’s initiative to stop opioid abuse and reduce drug supply and demand: Addressing the triggers – Part I

The White House recently unveiled President Donald J. Trump’s plan titled “President Donald J. Trump’s Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand” during a speech in New Hampshire on Mar. 19, 2018. The new plan is aimed at ending the problem of opioid epidemic that is affecting and claiming numerous lives every year in the United States.

According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately 1.6 million adults aged 26 and above had an opioid use disorder (OUD) in 2016. After the declaration of opioid crisis as a public health emergency, the introduction of the above plan is one of the major recent feats against the problem.

Designed to address multiple factors responsible for accelerating the risk of opioid abuse, such as overprescription of opioid painkillers, illicit drug supplies, access to evidence-based treatment and recovery services, and prevention efforts, the plan is yet to receive approval for appropriate funding from the Congress. The delay is likely to occur as both the chambers of the Congress are right now busy considering their own strategies.

Here’s the article discussed the first set of provisions, enlisted in the “President Donald J. Trump’s Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand,” under the section “Reduce Demand and Overprescription.” The other two sections include “Cutoff the supply of illicit drugs” and “Help those struggling with addiction.”

Addressing the driving forces of the opioid crisis

Introducing the three-pronged strategy, President Trump said, “We will work to strengthen vulnerable families and communities, and we will help to build and grow a stronger, healthier and drug-free society.” The first segment of the President Trump’s strategy is “addressing the driving forces of the opioid crisis.” Aimed at challenging the driving forces of the opioid crisis, the plan outlines the initiatives needed to address the factors that drive the problem of opioid crisis.

Some of the key initiatives mentioned in the plan are as follows:

  • Launching a nationwide evidence-based campaign to increases awareness among the common masses about the hazards of opioid use.
  • Support research and development (R&D) to develop alternative pain management options and vaccines to prevent opioid addiction.
  • Reducing the drug demand by creating awareness, education and preventing the issue of over-prescription.
  • Implementing a Safer Prescribing Plan.

Under the Safer Prescribing Plan, the administration aims to cut the nationwide opioid prescription fills by one-third in a period of three years. In order to emphasize upon the safer prescription practices, it wants to ensure that around 95 percent of all opioid prescriptions are issued as per the best practices in next half a decade.  The plan also aims to bring all stated under one fold by ensuring easy transition to a nationally interoperable Prescription Drug Monitoring Program network, using appropriate funds.

Seek help to attain recovery

An individual can develop an addiction to opioids due to a number of factors, such as genetics, self-medication, stress, adventure, or overprescription by a doctor. When an individual abuses opioids, he or she stands an increased risk of develop several adverse symptoms, such as increased anxiety, depression, increased heart rate, decreased appetite, poor immunity system,  inability to sleep properly, gastric problems, etc.

Opioid addiction over a long period of time can even lead to overdose deaths, in the worst scenario. Therefore, it is important to ensure that opioids are used only as per the doctor’s prescription and under guided supervision. Identifying the triggers can also help as one can take the necessary steps to avoid getting trapped into the vicious cycle of opioid abuse.

While it is extremely important for the federal bodies to take the necessary steps to curb the problem of opioid addiction, the importance of seeking help from an expert cannot be undermined. Receiving guidance from an expert can lead one to follow the safer and guaranteed way to attain recovery.

If you or someone you know is addicted to opioids or any other form of drugs, contact the Texas Drug Addiction Treatment to get the complete details about the best drug addiction treatment centers in Texas. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 855-980-5757 or chat online with one of our experts to know about the drug addiction treatment centers offering comprehensive treatment services in your vicinity.

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