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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  • Kyle B.
    03/20/2020 12:42

    Florida changed it narcotic drug policy. You now have to go to a pain management dr to prescribe. There's acute pain, only a 3 day supply. Chronic pain have to see pain management. I would like to see the results of these changes. Florida also legalized medical Marijuana, that will help people get off the opiates.

  • Betzaida R.
    03/01/2020 01:42


  • Julitzza B.
    03/01/2020 01:23

    My husband suffers from bone and muscle degeneration because of the chemo he got. My mom has a huge back surgery since she broke her t14 and t15 4 years ago. They both suffer from chronic pain an there are no pain killers available here in Puerto Rico. I am going crazy because of this. They can't have a normal life because it is hard to get a prescription for this type of medications. But junkies still get there free fix of meth every day on free clinics around the island. And with their supplier on the streets

  • Gary O.
    02/29/2020 15:12

    "Obamacare" is trash....PERIOD...he is correct

  • Homero A.
    02/29/2020 07:05

    It's just getting worse and worse

  • Joshua H.
    02/29/2020 03:13

    I was just thinking about that

  • Zezilia T.
    02/28/2020 06:30

    Go traump 🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮

  • Nahomi R.
    02/28/2020 00:29

    I realy hope he never guets one of mi migraines and have no opiodes at hand

  • Nahomi R.
    02/28/2020 00:27

    With what?

  • Mark S.
    02/28/2020 00:26

    Alcohol was a problem since Al Capone an still is am marijuana been a problem since Geronimo had a reservation you fighting blind because he say she say to cover the gay laws and same sex marriage coming from the house of senator and Congress

  • Yashira B.
    02/27/2020 23:29


  • Mark S.
    02/27/2020 22:15

    When is the government going stop telling grown adults what to do if they want to commit suicide because they can't follow directions it's not your fault that like Romeo and Juliet an people making poison for get high like crystal meth

  • Mark S.
    02/27/2020 21:41

    Uncle Donald we have war vets an street citizen that's been shot an to have a war with prescription medicine is a little backwards. When we the people need an upgrade on the Declaration of Independence to High school GPA check for life. Because a lot was lost for black and white since the assassination of Abraham Lincoln do to Jim Crow laws that lasted from 1890-1965 after segregation laws and ERA rights retarded kids get a check at 5 an is ERA rights only for ABC or does it consider In God We Trust

  • Missy M.
    02/27/2020 11:58

    when will people wake up.....drug bus. in the US is big business....most of them fund this will never end...

  • Luis M.
    02/27/2020 04:42

    FBI hired cartels in Mexico for war money and bring drugs to America and give it away to the gang members

  • Thomas W.
    02/26/2020 22:50

    "GOP Senators Slam Trump Administration Over Coronavirus" - Why this freaky old senator John Kennedy talking bad about Trump trying to contain the coronavirus, so screw you too, buddy.

  • James M.
    02/26/2020 20:52

    Just like Obama's policies trumps will take 8 years and three months before you see the positive affects. Lol

  • Nadine F.
    02/26/2020 08:04

    The real drug dealers are these pharmaceutical companies along with the pusherman/women aka doctor's! So ummm yeah get emmm Mr President

  • Josh E.
    02/26/2020 01:14

    And doubles down on marijuana because it makes people "stupid". Lol

  • Chuck D.
    02/25/2020 15:44

    if medicaid was so great wouldn't there be less shootings