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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  • Calico J.
    4 days

    Solution: legalize cannabis. But you won't do that will you? Stop pretending to care.

  • Dominick F.
    5 days

    Democrats don't care.

  • Jeffrey B.
    5 days

    He's the first president not making money off of them!!

  • Randy S.
    5 days

    Replace it with marijuana

  • Jason A.
    6 days

    You should know about being on drugs.

  • Mikey M.
    6 days

    Well he is geeking on Adderall soooooo wtf do you think

  • Ryan C.
    12/07/2019 00:52

    You don't need a doctor unless you are literally dieing. Doctors and pharmaceuticals feed you poisons, you don't need to be their test subjects. There are plenty of natural plants, fungi and other things in this world the doctors don't want you to know about. You all would put them out of business if everyone knew.... They hide many things from us or people just died and didn't pass on the knowledge.

  • Douglass G.
    12/06/2019 23:14

    Democrats tried to push this bill through but republicans put a hold on it. Hmmm...

  • Tim T.
    12/06/2019 12:07

    There is real progress being done.... If your in pain you cant get pain meds..... However if you want to get high, well that's a different story

  • Austin S.
    12/04/2019 16:00

    If i lost my wife and kids in a car accident I'd likely use the strongest drug I could for the pain. If I broke my back and needed to keep working to survive I'd do the same. If our country was more United most of our problems would solve themselves.

  • John B.
    12/03/2019 20:57

    Who cares no government going to be able to stop the problem time for people to have self control and take responsibility for them selfs instead of the blame game.. where people should be pissed is the cost of meds for people that need them in life like for diabetes..

  • Eduardo F.
    12/03/2019 20:05

    Perkys are sooo good

  • Johnnie I.
    12/03/2019 17:06

    You people expect the government to fix everything

  • Christopher M.
    12/03/2019 14:29

    How about parenting your children

  • Alfred N.
    12/03/2019 04:19


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    12/03/2019 00:33


  • Miguel M.
    12/02/2019 21:40

    F*** Donald Trump

  • Henry P.
    12/02/2019 05:50

    Too busy building a wall

  • Todd H.
    12/02/2019 00:00

    The war on drugs has been going on since the 80's... Melania went to a Middle school last week to talk to the kids about opiods and she was booed. I guess they were tired of hearing that opiods are bad? Trump has tried to secure the border where many of these drugs come in from yet the Democrats have blocked his every attempt. Is it really Trumps fault that the opiod issue is a still a big problem?

  • Jeremy W.
    12/01/2019 14:42

    Start with big pharma