October 26, 2017 – A majority of state and local governments have identified the nation’s drug crisis as a priority to serve its citizens, but health officials will soon have more resources to address the epidemic from the federal government.
The White House will declare a public health emergency on Thursday to curb the opioid epidemic to help ensure those living with the disease of addiction have access to treatment.
The Trump administration’s measure will free up resources for treatment, but won’t direct additional funding to address the crisis. Although the epidemic has yet to be recognized as a national emergency, the move shows that the efforts to raise awareness for addiction and breaking the stigma associated with the disease are having an effect on officials across the country.
For nearly 70 years, Malvern Institute, which operates two inpatient campuses and five outpatient sites in the region, has been dedicated to helping families struggling with addiction through unrivaled clinical care and innovative treatment solutions.
NPR has more on the White House’s decision:
In a policy change this week, the director of the Food and Drug Administration told a congressional committee the agency will begin working to promote medication assisted treatment—using methadone, buprenorphine or naltrexone to help addicts in recovery. That’s significant because some states currently won’t pay for some of those treatments. Advocates will be listening for what, if anything, the president says about that.
Read more on NPR.