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HHS Region II Announcement of President Trump's Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse

Wednesday, March 28, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Marwa Chebli
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Statement from HHS Secretary Alex M. Azar

“President Trump is laying out bold actions, ambitious goals, and historic investment to stop the opioid crisis in its tracks. The administration’s three-point plan unveiled today will prevent Americans from falling into addiction, reduce the supply of illicit drugs coming into this country, and provide treatment for those struggling with opioid addiction.”

 

Statement from HHS Region II (NY, NJ, PR, VI) by Dennis E. González, Acting Regional Director & Executive Officer

NJ

“New Jersey has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic – it’s one of the top twenty states in per capita drug overdose deaths and was also recently ranked 5th nationwide in terms of total fentanyl seizures. Through the leadership of U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, HHS’s agencies have been working hard with New Jersey to make a difference through many activities.

 

“The ambitious goals outlined by President Trump on Monday will bring new energy to our fight against this crisis, and upcoming funding each state will be receiving from HHS later this year will allow state governments to increase their efforts.  HHS Secretary Alex Azar has made this crisis a top priority for the Department, and as he has told regional leaders, there is no greater public health challenge that we face. Yet working together with our state and local partners and faith-based and community organizations, we can and will turn the tide on this epidemic.” said Dennis Gonzalez, Acting Regional Director for the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Region II.

 

Sources for facts:

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/sosmap/drug_poisoning_mortality/drug_poisoning.htm

https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00384.asp

 

NY

“New York has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic, and it is one of the growing number of states that saw a statistically significant increase in drug overdose deaths between 2015 and 2016,” through the leadership of U. S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, HHS’s agencies have been working hard with New York to make a difference through many activities. 

 

“The ambitious goals outlined by President Trump on Monday will bring new energy to our fight against this crisis, and upcoming funding each state will be receiving from HHS later this year will enable states to increase their efforts.  HHS Secretary Alex Azar has made this crisis a top priority for the Department, and as he has told regional leaders, there is no greater public health challenge that we face. Yet working together with our state and local partners and faith-based and community organizations, we can and will turn the tide on this epidemic.” Said Dennis Gonzalez, Acting Regional Director for the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Region II.

 

Sources for facts:

https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/statedeaths.html

 

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP’S INITIATIVE TO STOP OPIOID ABUSE AND

REDUCE DRUG SUPPLY AND DEMAND

 

“We will work to strengthen vulnerable families and communities, and we will help to build and grow a stronger, healthier, and drug-free society.” – President Donald J. Trump

ADDRESSING THE DRIVING FORCES OF THE OPIOID CRISIS: President Donald J. Trump’s Initiative to Stop Opioids Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand will confront the driving forces behind the opioid crisis.

  • President Trump’s Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse will address factors fueling the opioid crisis, including over-prescription, illicit drug supplies, and insufficient access to evidence-based treatment, primary prevention, and recovery support services. 
  • The President’s Opioid Initiative will:

REDUCE DEMAND AND OVER-PRESCRIPTION: President Trump’s Opioid Initiative will educate Americans about the dangers of opioid and other drug use and seek to curb overprescription.

  • Launch a nationwide evidence-based campaign to raise public awareness about the dangers of prescription and illicit opioid use, as well as other drug use.  
  • Support research and development efforts for innovative technologies and additional therapies designed to prevent addiction and decrease the use of opioids in pain management.
  • Reduce the over-prescription of opioids which has the potential to lead Americans down a path to addiction or facilitate diversion to illicit use.
  • Implement a Safer Prescribing Plan to achieve the following objectives: 

 

CUT OFF THE SUPPLY OF ILLICIT DRUGS: President Trump’s Opioid Initiative will crack down on international and domestic illicit drug supply chains devastating American communities:   

  • Keep dangerous drugs out of the United States.
  • Advance the Department of Justice (DOJ) Prescription Interdiction and Litigation (PIL) Task Force to fight the prescription opioid crisis. The PIL Task Force will:
  • Shut down illicit opioid sales conducted online and seize any related assets. 
  • Strengthen criminal penalties for dealing and trafficking in fentanyl and other opioids: 

HELP THOSE STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION: President Trump’s Opioid Initiative will help those struggling with addiction through evidence-based treatment and recovery support services:  

  • Work to ensure first responders are supplied with naloxone, a lifesaving medication used to reverse overdoses.  
  • Leverage Federal funding opportunities to State and local jurisdictions to incentivize and improve nationwide overdose tracking systems that will help resources to be rapidly deployed to hard-hit areas. 
  • Expand access to evidence-based addiction treatment in every State, particularly Medication-Assisted Treatment for opioid addiction.
  • Seek legislative changes to the law prohibiting Medicaid from reimbursing residential treatment at certain facilities with more than 16 beds.  o In the meantime, continue approving State Medicaid demonstration projects that waive these barriers to inpatient treatment.
  • Provide on-demand, evidence-based addiction treatment to service members, veterans and their families eligible for healthcare through the Departments of Defense or Veterans Affairs.
  • Leverage opportunities in the criminal justice system to identify and treat offenders struggling with addiction. 

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