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“To assess the public’s perception of the nation’s ongoing opioid overdose and addiction crisis, two public health researchers with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston analyzed findings from seven national polls conducted in 2013, 2016 and 2017.
The analysis was published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine. Here are three of the six key findings from the polls.
- In a poll conducted by PBS NewsHourand Marist Poll in September 2017, 38 percent of respondents said the opioid crisis was a major problem within their own community.
- Among individuals who view opioid addiction as a serious health problem, 28 percent of respondents to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll conducted in April and July of 2016 said the problem ranked fifth among health crises facing the nation.
- In a Pew Research poll conducted in October 2017, 38 percent of respondents said the opioid crisis was an extremely serious public health issue, compared to just 19 percent of respondents who shared this belief in a 2013 Pew survey.
“An important finding from our review is that at a time when public- and private-sector leaders are seeking a substantial increase in government funding for opioid-addiction treatment programs and legislation requiring insurers to offer coverage for these treatments, polls show a large share of the public uncertain about the long-term effectiveness of treatment,” concluded the authors of the analysis. “There is a clear need for the medical and scientific communities to educate the public about the issues surrounding the potential effectiveness of treatment.”
Source: BeckerHospitalReview.com – January 5, 2018
“House Republicans and Democrats joined forces on more than a dozen bills to fight the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic.
The Bipartisan Heroin Task Force’s goal is to bring attention to the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic and to advance bills it believes have the potential to gain traction and funding, explained Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), task force co-chair, during a Wednesday press conference.
Prescriber education, treatment of vulnerable populations, and upholding the rule of law are just some of the issues covered in the various bills, he noted.
Asked whether the group was lobbying to include funding for the opioid epidemic in a must-pass spending bill, Ann McLane Kuster (D-N.H.), co-chair of the task force, said that the group had considered it, and would be issuing a letter on that matter soon.
MacArthur said it was “confusing to progress” to advance programs at the federal level and then fail to provide the funding to implement them.”
Source: MedPageToday.com – January 10, 2018
See related article: U.S. Senators urge President Trump renew opioid public health emergency available at: http://www.wsaz.com/content/news/US-Senators-urge-President-Trump-renew-opioid-public-health-emergency-469158813.html
“The percentage of people treated for a drug overdose who need more than one dose of the opioid overdose antidote naloxone is on the rise, a new study suggests.
Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed data from the National Emergency Medical Services Information System, and found the percentage of patients receiving multiple naloxone doses among emergency medical service (EMS) responders increased from 14.5 percent in 2012 to 18.2 percent in 2015, which represents a 26 percent increase in four years.”
The journal article can be accessed at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10903127.2017.1315203
See related blog: Recovery Support Following Overdose or Other Medical Emergencies (Bill White, Rebecca Allen, And Phil Valentine) available at: http://www.williamwhitepapers.com/blog/2018/01/recovery-support-following-overdose-or-other-medical-emergencies-bill-white-rebecca-allen-and-phil-valentine.html
Source: DrugFree.org – January 11, 2018
“While Donald Trump criticizes and argues with the United Nations, Mexico, and China over embassies, walls and trade deals, his administration is relying upon them as he attempts to combat the opioid epidemic.
The president declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency last year, with most recent government estimates suggesting the more than 64,000 fatal overdoses in 2016 outnumber the total number of American deaths in the Vietnam war.
Richard Baum, acting director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, told the Guardian that the US had requested the UN help declare fentanyl – an opioid at the heart of the crisis in the US – illegal in both the US and China.”
Source: TheGuardian.com – January 7, 2018
“Customs agents will have $9 million for additional equipment to detect fentanyl and other opioids from entering the country under a bill President Trump signed Wednesday.
The Interdict Act — an acronym for International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology — allows U.S. Customs and Border Protection to buy chemical screening devices that can detect the deadly drugs as they enter the United States.
China is the largest source of fentanyl smuggling, but the drug is often shipped first to Mexico or Canada where it then crosses the border into the United States. It’s often shipped by mail or other couriers — and even ordered online — but it can be difficult to detect in small amounts.”
Source: USAToday.com – January 11, 2018
Opioid overdose deaths rose 28 percent in 2016, to 42,000 men, women and children. Some 2.6 million more Americans are addicted to opioids, and communities in every region of the country are suffering from the resulting trauma. Largely as a result, life expectancy declined in 2016 for a second straight year — something that has not happened since the early 1960s.
This is a solvable problem, and through philanthropy we can make some progress. But real success requires much bolder leadership — and a far greater sense of urgency — from both elected officials and industry leaders.
- We must stop doctors from over-prescribing opioids
- Insurers and pharmacy benefit managers must better oversee opioid prescriptions.
- We must hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for the supply of prescription opioids.
- We must start treating those with addiction disorders when they come in contact with emergency rooms, hospitals and clinics.
- We must stop stigmatizing the medications that have been proven to help people recover.
- We must develop better data.
- We must do more to block the importation of heroin
Source: Bloomberg.com – January 10, 2018
“The Trump administration opened the doors Thursday for states to set work requirements for people who get Medicaid, a move that is likely to be a catastrophe for some of the most vulnerable Americans, particularly those struggling with opioid addiction.
The new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services guidance, which allows states to seek federal permission to establish restrictions, could threaten the Medicaid coverage of the many adults with disabilities, children and the elderly who cannot work.
And, since the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, its benefits have been a key component in addressing the rise of substance abuse. From 2011 to 2016, Medicaid spending on prescription treatments for opioid use disorder rose from $394.2 million to $929.9 million, according to a report from the Urban Institute, a left-leaning Washington, D.C., think tank.”
Source: HuffingtonPost.com – January 11, 2018
See related article: Legal Action Center Statement On Imposing Work Requirements For Medicaid Eligibility – Misguided Policy Will Disproportionately Harm People with SUD and Criminal Records available at: https://lac.org/legal-action-center-statement-imposing-work-requirements-medicaid-eligibility/
“Between 1999 and 2013, the death rate for white, middle-aged, working-class Americans increased by 22 percent. This explosion in premature deaths was driven by a surge in opioid overdoses, alcohol-related fatalities, and suicides. Meanwhile, over the same period, medical advances pushed down the death rates of college-educated whites, and the working-class members of other racial groups.
The economists Angus Deaton and Anne Case first brought these disconcerting facts to national attention in 2015. Their research painted a portrait of a white working class besieged by “despair.” Erosion in the demographic’s wages, marriage rates, job quality, social cohesion, cultural capital, and, perhaps, racial privilege, were ostensibly driving an ever-larger number of non-college-educated whites into suicidal behavior. The economists offered no definitive, causal explanation for the phenomenon they documented. But they suggested that the rising mortality of this demographic was linked to a sense of meaninglessness, rooted in social and economic conditions.”
Source: NYMag.com – January 15, 2018
“The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for up to $76 million through its SAMHSA Treatment Drug Courts grant program. The money will be used to help drug courts break the cycle of criminal behavior and incarceration related to drug and alcohol use.
The purpose of the SAMHSA Treatment Drug Courts grant is to expand substance use disorder treatment services in existing adult problem solving courts and adult Tribal Healing to Wellness courts. These courts use the treatment drug court model to provide substance use disorder treatment.
SAMHSA expects to fund as many as 38 courts with up to $400,000 per year for five years. The actual awards may vary depending on the availability of funds.”
Source: SAMHSA.gov – December 27, 2017
See related article on additional funding opportunities from SAMHSA who is accepting applications for up to $34 million for the Offender Reentry Program available at: https://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/press-announcements/201801040200
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