In the aftermath of the opioid epidemic, states are working to address a backlog of prescription drug and Medicaid coverage that’s led to skyrocketing rates of overdose deaths.
Now the president is calling on Congress to address the problem in his State of the Union address.
“We have to get the needle out of the system,” Trump said in a press conference.
“We have a prescription drug crisis.
And it’s not just in Ohio.
It’s in other places.
And we’re not doing enough.
We’re not getting enough help.”
Trump has called on states to create a $2 billion fund that would be distributed by states to people struggling with the opioid overdose crisis.
The money could be used to help those in need, provide emergency medical treatment, and expand access to emergency care.
States would be required to apply for a $100 million grant, which would go toward: Creating a prescription opioid overdose prevention program Funding for the development and implementation of new overdose prevention and overdose response systems.
Providing emergency medical care to people who are receiving care for opioid use disorder (OIDD) or overdose.
Reducing or preventing the spread of prescription opioid drugs and increasing access to medical and behavioral treatment and other health services for opioid users and their families.
The $2-billion fund would also provide assistance to help states create new opioid-related services, including prevention education and training for doctors and pharmacists, the development of new opioid medications, and the use of data to inform the prescription opioid prescribing process.
In the first-ever opioid crisis in America, opioid overdoses have risen by an average of 20 percent per year over the past decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Since 2012, prescription drug overdose deaths have risen to more than 1.4 million annually, according the Centers For Disease Control.