Last week across headlines and TV screens we watched President Donald Trump address the nation’s opioid addiction crisis head-on, promising to make extensive changes over the next 90 days.
Declaring it a “public health emergency,” the Commander-in-Chief promised to mobilize the federal government and take rapid action against the epidemic that is killing thousands of U.S. citizens each day.
“As Americans, we cannot allow this to continue. It is time to liberate our communities from this scourge of drug addiction,” Trump told the press during in a lengthy address. “We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic.”
Adding an emotional edge to the moment, Trump surrounded himself with families of Americans who have been impacted by the crisis. He spoke sternly from the White House floor and called out specific drugs by name, including heroin, Oxycontin and the synthetic painkiller fentanyl.
As far as immediate promises go, the President released an order which would allow patients in rural parts of the country to access medication for addiction treatment through telemedicine. Rural America happens to be one the regions hit hardest by the epidemic.
There was also a push to redirect existing U.S. grant money to focus on opioid recovery clinics. Insurance improvements may be on the way too, with state Medicaid programs given more freedom to cover treatment programs for the people enrolled in their plans.
Trump expressed: “We want to get really tough, really big, really great advertising aimed at influence Americans not to start using opioids in the first place,”. “This was an idea that I had, where if we can teach young people not to take drugs. It’s really, really easy not to take them.”
No, it’s not that easy not to take them, there is pressure among kids, there are doctors prescribing pain killers to anyone and there are many other circumstances which make it not easy not to take drugs. So, no Mister Trump it’s not that easy and you need to make some serious
changes to help with this drug epidemic.
“America is hemorrhaging lives by the day because of the opioid epidemic, but President Trump offered the country a Band-Aid when we need a tourniquet, “Massachusetts Senator Edward J. Markey told The Times. “What we need is for the president to seek an appropriation from Congress, I believe in the billions, so that we can rapidly expand access for effective outpatient opioid addiction treatments.”