Opioid Addiction Treatment and the State of Emergency Declaration

Not everyone is pleased that President Trump recently declared the opioid crisis in America to be a public health emergency. In fact, many individuals are urging that the president treat the opioid crisis with more caution and go so far as to declare it a state of emergency instead. While we cannot be certain if this will occur, it is important to understand why people are requesting this change.

A public health emergency is usually a declaration associated with a natural disaster or disease that comes on suddenly, the ramifications of which can be reasonably dealt with in a period of 90 days (or longer if the president chooses to reinstate the emergency declaration). However, the opioid crisis has been building in the U.S. for over 20 years. According to Addictions.com, overdose is now the leading cause of death in Americans under 50 years old, overdose rates rose 20 percent between 2015 and 2016 alone, and the number of heroin deaths in the nation have reached a serious 20-year high. This is not a sudden crisis but one that has been decades in the making.

Still, one of the best options for recovery remains treatment in a rehab center. Though our country does have many rehab options for addicted individuals, the cost of these programs often causes people to refrain from seeking the help they need. Also, some people refuse to seek help because of the stigma associated with admitting that one is an addict. Instead, many people suffer … Read More