NEW YORK – November 2, 2017 – The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and Opioid Crisis yesterday released its final report on the nation’s opioid epidemic.
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, a nonprofit that supports families who are struggling with their son or daughter’s substance use, agrees with the report’s call for much-needed increases in access to addiction treatment and recovery programs, expanding the availability of medication-assisted therapies, along with first responders’ ability to administer the life-saving overdose reversal drug, naloxone.
Yet, for any of the 65 report recommendations to be enacted, and to see any progress in addressing the opiate crisis, a large infusion of additional funding is necessary. The report does not lay out a specific budget request to implement these recommendations. We call on the President to make sure that his budget includes the massive increase in funding necessary to implement these vital recommendations and seize on the opportunity to take decisive action to stem the tide of overdose deaths.
With 144 people dying every day in drug-overdose related deaths, 91 of which are directly related to opioids – and the White House declaring a nationwide public health emergency in response to the opioid epidemic just last week – yesterday’s report offers substantive and concrete solutions to address this public health crisis. Solutions that we know from evidence and science to work will most likely fail without the necessary dollars and resources to support them. Key Congressional members will need to be dogged in supporting the proposals outlined in the report, ensuring that critical dollars are attached to their successful implementation.
In June, we were invited to testify before Governor Chris Christie, Chairman of the President’s Commission, and we emphasized that a major factor in the unacceptably high number of overdose fatalities is the tragic reality that families are unable to find the support and resources they need to help a loved one who is struggling with a substance use disorder. The treatment system is incredibly difficult to navigate and, because of the soaring costs of treatment and the stigma that still surrounds addiction, families do not necessarily reach out for help.
The Partnership has a long history in working with partners, agencies and government officials at the federal, state and local levels to ensure that collectively, we are doing everything possible to drive down the number of overdoses and overdose deaths. We must all work together to provide services to all who need them and ensure that every family has access to support services – while also addressing the problem farther upstream, making sure that there are sufficient prevention and intervention programs in place.
Our Support for Families Facing the Opioid Crisis
The Partnership remains steadfast in our commitment to finding solutions to help end the opioid crisis:
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