White House Releasing Opioid Epidemic Plan to Hopefully Curb Crisis
The Trump administration recently released a new opioid epidemic plan that offers a multi-pronged approach focused on addressing this nationwide crisis head on. In this blog, we’ll dive deep into this new plan and outline how the current administration hopes to enforce some of the new guidelines that may be seen as controversial by some observers.
Details of the Administration’s Opioid Epidemic Plan
This plan from the White House administration, which has been in the works for quite some time looks to fight the opioid epidemic in three key areas: law enforcement, prevention and education, improving the ability to fund addiction treatment through the federal government and initiatives aimed at helping those affected by the crisis find employment while dealing with drug addiction.
You may have heard that Congress recently earmarked $6 billion aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic, and this plan aims to lay out how this money will be spent.
Sentencing Reforms for Drug Traffickers
One of the major changes is that the Department of Justice has announced that they’ll now be seeking the death penalty against drug dealers when applicable under the law. Sentencing will also be strengthened for dealers who bring in large quantities of opioids, especially a synthetic opioid fentanyl into the US. While these sentencing changes are fluid, and could change at any time, there is no doubt that the Trump administration is hoping to get much tougher when it comes to punishment for large scale drug dealers.
Federal Advertising Campaign to be Launched
A federally mandated advertising campaign is also part of the plan to attempt to prevent people from even ever considering using opioids in the first place. While details on how this ad campaign will be orchestrated are still unclear, the administration is hoping they’ll have some success, similar to some of the tobacco advertisements that have been used in the past few years that were actually court ordered to be paid for by the tobacco companies themselves.
Government Working to Reduce Number of Opioid Prescriptions
As part of the White House’s Opioid Epidemic Plan, Trump and his team are working hard to reduce the number of opioid prescriptions that are prescribed. The administration is hoping to cut opioid prescriptions by 1/3 within three years.
At Advanced Rapid Detox We Applaud Any Legislation Aimed at Curbing the Opioid Epidemic
There’s little denying that most every city around the country is fighting a battle against opioid abuse. We commend the government for attempting to curb this massive epidemic, but we’ll have to see whether this legislation has any effect.
If you or anyone you know is struggling with opioid addiction, feel free to reach out to our experienced team to learn more about our unique approach to opiate treatment. We can be reached toll free at 800-603-1813 or through our online contact form. We look forward to helping you break the dependency in just 3 days with our 3 day opiate detox.