October 27, 2017 – Decades of efforts to raise awareness and break the stigma associated with the disease of addiction were recognized this week when the White House declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency.
While the designation fell short of treating the epidemic as the national emergency, the announcement was another important step in curbing the drug crisis. Philly.com spoke to multiple people who expressed skepticism and hope for the future.
One of those hopeful local residents was John Machen, who appeared in Malvern Treatment Center’s “Lost and Found” video to inspire hope for a better tomorrow:
John Machen, 64, of Royersford, has also battled opioid addiction and lost daughter Stephanie to an overdose. He said the most beneficial thing Trump did in his speech was call more attention to the epidemic.
“He needs to put together a committee of people who have been involved in the battle and who can figure out what needs to be done, how much it will cost, and how to get it done,” Machen said. “Experienced people, not bureaucrats. I would rather see those people make the decisions than the governor of New Jersey.” Gov. Christie is chairman of the president’s opioid commission.
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