Opioid commission tells Trump to declare state of emergency

PoliticsTrump Commission Calls for ‘State of Emergency’ Over Opioids Bruce Barcott

PoliticsTrump Commission Calls for ‘State of Emergency’ Over Opioids Bruce Barcott

President Trump's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis was due to submit their initial report on June 27, but committee chair Chris Christie requested multiple delays to ensure the onslaught of public input was properly analyzed. The report includes a recommendation that FDA help establish opioid prescriber training - which echoes FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb's recently unveiled plan to require education for those prescribing immediate-release opioids. "The first and most urgent recommendation of this Commission is direct and completely within your control".

The report reserves some of its toughest language for medical doctors who are prescribing pharmaceutical painkillers at record levels, pointing out that four out of every five new heroin users start their habit on prescription pills.

If the 9/11 statistics don't fully capture the devastation for you, the CDC's most recent numbers from 2015 show that 53,000 Americans died of drug overdoses.

The White House's commission on combating the opioid epidemic in America has revealed in an interim draft letter to President Donald Trump that a federal state of emergency should be issued to deal with the crisis.

Read the full report at the White House website.

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On Monday, the commission's long awaited draft letter to Trump further outlines numerous ways to fight the opioid epidemic which has spread through nearly every state in the US.

The report also recommends that doctors curb excessive prescriptions of opioid medications, and improve access to pain management treatment techniques.

"It's not possible to imagine this agenda working with a rollback of the Medicaid expansion and hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts to federal funding". His recommendations included adding addiction screening in primary health care settings and hospitals, creating drug-recovery high schools and colleges, and starting community forums to emphasize that addiction is a medical problem, not a choice.

Before the report was released, some legislators criticized the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the commission's handling of the crisis thus far.

Trump fired Murthy in April.

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As CNN notes, declaring a public health emergency for something other than a natural disaster is pretty rare. For instance, it encourages "model" federal legislation that would prop up the widespread and automatic adoption of "naloxone", an opioid overdose antidote that an increasing number of police forces have adopted.

It also wants to see naxalone, the medication that can block the effects opioids and prevent overdoses, to be issued under federal mandate to all law enforcement officers in the country. The commission is also calling for a ramp up in detection efforts through the mail by the United States Postal Service. The commission is calling for the nationwide adoption of PDMPs and mandatory data sharing by July 1, 2018.

Make sure insurance companies do not offer worse coverage to people for mental health and substance use diagnoses than for physical health issues.

Pass a law to permit the sharing of patient substance use disorder history among health care providers and the patients' families.

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