White House Drug Control Strategy Aims to Reduce Deaths from Opioid Overdoses

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The Trump Administration’s new National Drug Control Strategy focuses on reducing deaths from the opioid crisis, CNN reports.

Jim Carroll, the new director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, said in a statement that the strategy “builds upon our current whole-of-government approach that educates Americans about the dangers of drug abuse, ensures those struggling with addiction get the help they need, and stops the flow of illegal drugs across our borders.”

The goals of the new plan include reducing national opioid prescriptions by one-third, improving access to evidence-based addiction treatment, and reducing the availability of illicit drugs within the United States.

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    Carson T.

    April 12, 2019 at 4:35 AM

    A good start would be for our government to stop assisting and protecting poppy farmers and heroin traffickers in the Middle East. I still remember when oycontin hit the market. Our government sat back and allowed pharmaceutical heroin to be marketed and prescribed as NON ADDICTIVE. This same government now wants to “help” ?

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    richard pell, jr.

    March 14, 2019 at 4:15 AM

    When I see the word “support” I have to laugh until I end up crying with frustration. There is NO “support” for responsible patients such as myself any longer in Massachusetts. One must conclude that when even an Emergency Room turns you away with a copy of their policy on opiates. This is outrageous and will leave me to a life of only destruction from the “help” I will now have to get from “illegel street drugs”! No one even cares-or they would be marching in front of the state capitol building in their states. The future looks quite bleak indeed.

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    Leslie Hall

    March 8, 2019 at 5:14 PM

    Has no one noticed America’s fight against opioids is causing a fentanyl laced heroin epidemic? Since 2012, 61 million fewer doses of Oxycodone and hydrocodone have been prescribed in WV but lethal overdoses have Increased 55%! I don’t know how the government thinks they are winning this war!

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