President Trump’s initiative to stop opioid abuse and reduce drug supply and demand: Scale up access to recovery support services to fight opioid abuse – Part III
One of the promising plans titled “President Donald J. Trump’s Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand” was unveiled in the White House on Mar. 19, 2018 to curb the menace of opioid abuse. Segregated into three different parts, the third set of measures of the aforementioned strategy mentioned under the section “Help those struggling with addiction” aims to assist the victims of opioid abuse by providing them adequate access to evidence-based treatment and recovery support services.
With opioid abuse inflicting severe consequences on the entire nation in a multiple way, a number of patients remain neglected due to several gaps in opioid abuse treatment, such as the lack of lifesaving drugs, trained staff and adequate capability to handle emergency room (ER) visits. As the last part of our series “President Trump’s initiative to stop opioid abuse and reduce drug supply and demand,” this article talks about progressive measures included in the plan to help those grappling with opioid addiction. They will play a pivotal role in addressing opioid crisis by plugging the gaps responsible for delay in treatment and recovery.
Increase access to addiction treatment and recovery support services
Despite the stringent measures against opioid abuse, it is quite shocking to note that the rate of overdose deaths has rapidly skyrocketed to dangerous levels. This has emerged as a grave concern for all stakeholders—medical practitioners, scientists, policymakers, etc. Several studies have revealed that the excessive gap between those in need of treatment and those in position to avail support services has led to a massive rise in opioid abuse.
The third section of the landmark plan enlists the following measures to overcome the abovementioned structural gaps in opioid addiction treatment:
- Supplying first responders with naloxone, a lifesaving medication used for reversing overdoses.
- Using federal funding given to state and local jurisdictions to improve the nationwide overdose tracking systems. These systems can then be used for deploying resources in hard-hit areas.
- Increasing access to evidence-based addiction treatment, particularly medication-assisted treatment (MAT), in every state.
- Implementing necessary changes to the law that prohibits reimbursement of residential treatment charges through Medicaid at certain facilities with over 16 beds.
- Meanwhile, keep approving the State Medicaid demonstration projects that waive these barriers for inpatient treatment.
- Providing on-demand, evidence-based addiction treatment to veterans, service members and their family members, if eligible for health care through the Departments of Defense or Veterans Affairs.
- Making maximum use of the opportunities available in the criminal justice system to identify and treat criminals suffering from opioid addiction.
- Screening every federal inmate for opioid addiction.
- Sending individuals who test positive for opioid addiction to residential reentry centers. Provide them with naltrexone treatment and facilitate a connection with community treatment services as needed.
- Improving support for state, tribal, and local drug courts so that individuals dealing with addiction can access evidence-based treatment as an alternative or in combination with imprisonment, or as a condition of supervised release.
Open newer paths of care to fight opioid abuse
While there are a number of treatment options available to help an individual overcome addiction, a lot of people still refrain from seeking help due to the stigma attached with addiction. The prejudices and misconceptions pertaining to any form of addiction stop people from sharing their fears and problems with others. Moreover, the inadequate availability of recovery support services has further exacerbated the problem. Therefore, it is important to fight against this stigma, so that the society can accept addiction like any other chronic disease and open newer paths for individuals to attain recovery.
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