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HHS Acting Secretary Declares Public Health Emergency to Address National Opioid Crisis

Acting Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Eric D. Hargan issued the following statement upon declaring a nationwide public health emergency regarding the opioid crisis, as requested by President Donald Trump on Thursday:

“Today’s declaration, coupled with the President’s direction that executive agencies use all appropriate emergency authorities and other relevant authorities, is another powerful action the Trump Administration is taking in response to America’s deadly opioid crisis.

By |2019-11-13T22:43:34-10:00October 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

White House Press Release: Combatting the Opioid Epidemic

Combatting the Opioid Epidemic: An American Budget The drug abuse and overdose epidemic, particularly as related to opioids, is tearing apart America’s families and devastating communities. In 2016, approximately 64,000 people died from drug overdoses, and the majority of these deaths involved opioids. In 2017, President Donald J. Trump said: “Ending the epidemic will require mobilization of government, local communities, and private organizations. It will require the resolve of our entire country.” The Administration has declared the opioid epidemic a nationwide public health emergency. Under the budget caps agreement, the Administration is seeking nearly $17 billion in opioid related spending in 2019 to stop this deadly scourge. Notably, the Administration proposes $3 billion in new funding in FY 2018 and $10 billion in new funding in FY 2019 in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), for a total of $13 billion in new funding to combat the opioid epidemic by expanding access to prevention, treatment, and recovery support services, as well as support mental health. The Budget also includes investments to help stop the illegal supply of drugs

By |2019-11-13T22:43:35-10:00October 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

SAMHSA Reaffirms Efforts to Address the Public Health Emergency on the Opioid Crisis

Today President Donald Trump announced new action to help 11 million Americans affected by the opioid crisis.

President Trump’s declaration of the opioid crisis as a public health emergency reaffirms the role of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as leaders in solving one of America’s most pressing public health issues. The President recently appointed Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz as the first Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, underscoring the urgency of the issue. “SAMHSA looks forward to continuing its role in helping American communities fight the opioid crisis through evidence-based programs in prevention, treatment, and recovery services,” said Dr. McCance-Katz. “The announcement today by President Trump reflects our commitment to this cause and inspires us to redouble our efforts on behalf of all who have suffered the effects of opioid addiction.”

By |2019-11-13T22:43:39-10:00October 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

DEA Releases 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment Prescription: opioid abuse poses deadly threat

WASHINGTON - DEA Acting Administrator Robert Patterson today announced results of the 2017 National Drug Threat (NDTA), which outlines the threats posed to the United States by domestic and international drug trafficking and the abuse of illicit drugs.

“This report underscores the scope and magnitude of the ongoing opioid crisis in the United States,” said Acting Administrator Patterson. “The information in the report represents data gathered over the past year, but of critical importance is the real time information we get every day from our partners. It has never been a more important time to use all the tools at our disposal to fight this epidemic, and we must remain steadfast in our mission to combat all dangerous drugs of abuse.”   

By |2019-11-13T22:43:41-10:00October 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Another outbreak related to the nation’s opioid crisis: hepatitis C

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The nation's opioid epidemic has unleashed a secondary outbreak: the rampant spread of hepatitis C.

New cases of the liver disease have nearly tripled nationwide in just a few years, driven largely by the use of needles among drug users in their 20s and 30s, spawning a new generation of hepatitis C patients. Because a treatment that cures the disease costs tens of thousands of dollars, is limited by insurance and Medicaid, and is mostly unavailable to people who are still using illicit drugs, there probably will be financial and public health ramifications for decades to come.

By |2019-11-13T22:43:45-10:00October 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Digital War on Drugs: App Shows Opioid Overdoses Instantaneously

A new weapon in the fight against the opioid epidemic is using big data to track — and possibly prevent — overdoses.

The web-based tool, called the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program, or ODMAP, charts suspected overdoses in real time and alerts public safety officials to spikes in opioid emergencies.

Used by first responders, public safety and public health officials across the country, ODMAP was created by the Washington/Baltimore division of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, or HIDTA, a federal program that provides resources for local agencies to address drug trafficking. Jeff Beeson, the program's deputy director, calls ODMAP "a very simple and practical approach to a complex problem."

By |2019-11-13T22:43:47-10:00October 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments