“The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I am saying, officially, right now, it is an emergency. It’s a national emergency. We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis. It is a serious problem the likes of which we have never had.”
~President Donald Trump, August 10, 2017
Following the “first and most urgent” recommendation of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, President Trump has declared the opioid crisis in America a national emergency.
This surprising move gives agencies on both the federal and state level more power – and more resources – to address this growing public health hazard. Between 2000 and 2015, drug overdoses have killed over HALF A MILLION Americans.
In 2016 alone, there were an estimated 59,000-65,000 fatal overdoses in the United States. That means that despite recent efforts, drug fatalities increased at least 11% over 2015, and as much as 24%.
To give those numbers perspective, consider this – if those estimates are correct, and worse, if they continue, over 650,000 people will die because of drugs.
That’s almost the entire population of Detroit, and more than the population of Sacramento…or Oklahoma City…or Las Vegas…or Baltimore…or YOUR city.
While there are no specifics yet as to how emergency resources will be allocated, this is nonetheless a bold and encouraging move that has generated cautious enthusiasm. Robert Kennedy, a former congressman and current member of the opioid commission, says this will, “empower Congress and the Administration to take bold steps to fund desperately-needed treatment and prevention efforts.”
What does this mean to YOU?
It means that the time to get help for your or a family member’s addiction is NOW. If opioid abuse is impacting your life, contact Lasting Recovery outpatient drug rehab in San Diego to get the help and support you need.
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