President Trump will declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency on Thursday, USA Today reports. The order waives regulations and gives states more flexibility in how they use federal funds to combat the crisis.
President Trump’s opioid commission last week focused on health insurance companies’ role in contributing to the addiction crisis. The commission is scheduled to deliver its final report on November 1.
First Lady Melania Trump this week visited a West Virginia clinic that treats infants exposed to opioids in the womb. She said she wants to give a voice to families facing addiction, The New York Times reports.
Drug company and government officials announced new efforts designed to fight opioid addiction during a meeting this week of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.
Google has announced it is restricting ads for addiction treatment. “We found a number of misleading experiences among rehabilitation treatment centers that led to our decision,” a company spokeswoman said.
Some insurance companies are restricting patients’ access to pain medicines with a lower risk of dependence or addiction, while making it easier to get generic opioid drugs, The New York Times reports.
Authorities planning for natural disasters such as hurricanes must prepare for its effect on people struggling with drugs or alcohol, experts tell the Associated Press. The stress of hurricanes leads to an increased danger of relapse and overdose.
Finding the right treatment for yourself or a loved one can be an overwhelming process, so don’t be afraid to ask for help, explains Bradley F. Sorte, Executive Director, Caron Renaissance & Ocean Drive.
Many drug dealers use their customers to test the strength of the synthetic opioids they sell, the Associated Press reports. They want the drugs to be strong enough to keep their customers coming back, but not strong enough to kill them.
President Trump this week promised to win the fight against the opioid epidemic, but declined to act on a recommendation to declare a national emergency. He offered no new recommendations, Reuters reports.
At least 17 states have passed laws limiting painkiller prescribing, The Washington Post reports. Some states have enacted measures that limit opioid prescriptions to five or seven days, while others have passed dosage limits.
While medication-assisted treatment is the recommended therapy for pregnant women addicted to opioids, medically supervised withdrawal is an option if a woman does not accept treatment, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said this week.