The Opioid Epidemic Two Years Later

Meanwhile, the opioid crisis is still a massive problem across the U.S...

Are we there yet?

In October 2017, President Trump vowed to combat the opioid epidemic with all available federal resources. The crisis is characterized by the over-prescription of addictive opioid pain medication, which has led to the misuse of opioids including prescription medication, heroin, and synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Two years later, What’s happened? In the past year, Congress has allocated $3.3 billion to expedite studies of the opioid epidemic and approve Medicaid expansions in New Hampshire and Louisiana. But critics say federal efforts have been underfunded and underwhelming.

Experts say despite the $3.3 billion in funding, a number like $100 billion over 5 years is what's needed. Trump has called for the repeated repeal of Obamacare. But studies show without Obamacare, an additional 200,000 Americans with opioid use disorders would lose insurance coverage to pay for their treatments Harvard University. Combating the opioid epidemic has been a top domestic policy prioity for the administration and a focus of the first lady's Be Best campaign that has found widespread, bipartisan support. The Trump administration secured $6 billion in new funding over the next two years to combat opioid abuse. Earlier this month, HHS announced a $350 million plan to reduce opioid deaths by 40 percent in three years in certain communities.

Officials in states like Ohio, which had the second highest opioid overdose rate in 2016, said Trump’s national emergency declaration had no effect in their states. In 2018, there were over 70,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States based on a report from the CDC. Experts say a mix of funding and access for those with opioid addiction, as well as federal pressure on pharmaceutical companies, could save tens of thousands of lives over the next decade as stated in a Stanford University report.


10/06/2019 10:19 AMupdated: 10/08/2019 1:32 PM
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  • Skyler B.
    21 hours

    Probably because hospitals want to keep people coming back so they can make more money

  • Richard H.
    a day

    But, it's like everything else he hasn't done!

  • Charlie R.
    a day

    You know how many pulls that twit injests

  • David J.
    a day

    Just make recreational weed legal already all this talk about it for decades and it's projected to lower the opioid rate

  • Samuel E.
    a day

    Please Donald trump could care less

  • عبودي ص.
    2 days

    Gof bless

  • Jesse T.
    2 days

    Remember in November please! God bless you and go blue!

  • Troy M.
    2 days

    What does Trump have to do (or not do) before people realize the only person he cares about is himself?

  • Javary M.
    2 days

    I fell like this was declared an emergency a few years before 2017 or am I mistaken.

  • Heath M.
    2 days

    Kratom is the answer to the opoid crisis!!!! Plain and simple, safe leaf!!!

  • Jeremy H.
    2 days

    Just came to see all of the idiots blaming the opioid epidemic on Trump like it hasn't been going on for decades...

  • Tim L.
    2 days

    Wish the government would have done this when they flooded the black community with crack Cocaine. And now that they see this as a national emergency, what are they going to do about all the people locked up for their drug habits? Just pretending you're trying to fix a problem to get votes isn't the way to fix this country. We have to come together as one to receive God's blessings. Jah-Bless ❤️

  • Daniel H.
    2 days

    ***They're trying to build a prison***

  • Raul S.
    2 days

    Lol how many times has he came on tv and said today it’s a national emergency

  • Kyle K.
    3 days

    What about people who NEED these Medications because Of Pain issues, And The ones Who Dont over take these Medications, I have Been On Pain Medication for Awhile and I dont Over Take The Medication, Yes Opiods Is An Epidemic Because Of The People overdoseing trying To Get High On them, But There Is People Out athere That Dont over Take the Medication That Actually Need it. And these people Overdoseing On them And Getting High Is RUINING it For the people Who are In Physical Pain EVERYDAY

  • Adam G.
    3 days

    Well yeah I mean no one really thought this problem was gonna be solved overnight did they? No one wanted to really do anything till it was too late to begin with. The writing was on the wall the whole time but it was making too much $. It started with pills and now heroin has taken over. The problem isn’t ever going away now

  • Juan F.
    3 days

    "My administration" 😐

  • Anthony W.
    3 days

    It is hard to tell ppl to stop taking so much if it's not working then u need something else maybe the pharmaceutical company's should make something that works better ...everything has a large side effect that causes more harm then good then you have to take other meds to counteract side effects it's about money for them not helping or curing ppl like it should be.... but its trumps fault for that too...

  • Cody B.
    3 days

    Legalize pot and decriminalize everything else.

  • Nicholas A.
    3 days

    Just take back their profit. It's blood money!!