America is hooked on prescription drugs, which is evident from the mayhem created by the rising use of opioids. As the misuse of prescription drugs kills more people in the country than road accidents, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has classified it as an epidemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) says that the effects of opioids pose a threat to the achievements of modern medicine.
America was so far accused of neglecting its addiction problem. However, the rising number of deaths in the country forced its policymakers and law enforcement agencies to turn their attention to bring about the necessary regulations and adaptations to the existing laws to extend treatment facilities to those hooked on prescription drugs.
In a major attempt to combat the damaging effects of prescription drug opioids, President Barack Obama’s last budget proposal unveiled on February 9, 2016 recommended a $1 billion appropriation as a two-year compulsory initiative to extend access to the treatment for prescription drug and heroin abuse to make sure that no American is bereft of it.
Local level initiatives
To prevent the Americans from abusing prescription drugs, the Oregon Senate unanimously passed a bill recently. Republican Representative Knute Buehler proposed a bill on February 25, 2016. Introducing the bill, HB 4124, he said the opioid addiction needed to be curtailed. Stressing on the alarming rise in the number of opioid abuse cases, Buehler said, “Oregon has some of the highest rates of narcotic drug use of any state in the nation, and the problem with prescription drugs is they frequently are the gateway drug to heroin.”
Buehler stressed on the impact the legislation would have as he explained the two key concepts that would help undo the trend of drug abuse in the state. The first law would allow pharmacists to make available naloxone even without a medical prescription. Buehler said, “This is a reversal drug, so say someone is dying from a heroin overdose, they can be brought back to life by this simple injected drug.”
The bill would also elaborate and fine-tune the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program database, which would allow medical practitioners to gain access to information about drugs patients have been already prescribed. Describing the current system as too clunky, Buehler said, “Providers weren’t accessing it. So it’s really a fix to make it more consistent with the everyday workflow of the typical doctor and the information system that they use right now.”
The two clauses in the bill would not only enable quicker and unhindered access to naloxone, but will also prevent patients from being over prescribed.
In another move to curb prescription drug abuse, St. Louis County is actively considering a regional approach to a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) with California already having made use of its state-of-the-art PDMP to lessen the drastic impact caused due to over-prescription of painkillers.
Road to recovery
More and more Americans are now taking prescription drugs in a manner and dosage not prescribed by doctors. This has led to an increase in the number of deaths due to overdose or abuse. While the government is busy educating people on the impact of drug abuse on the country, it is imperative to understand that acknowledging dependence on opioids is the first step to recovery.
If you or your loved one is addicted to prescription drug, it’s time you seek help to get rid of the dependence at the earliest. The Prescription Drug Addiction Help is willing to help you. Our experts, available round-the-clock, can suggest you the best treatment options available around you for any addiction. A call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-623-3847 can lead you to the desired help.