President Trump continues fighting against the opioid crisis that has plagued America in recent years. Trump and his administration have worked diligently to create initiative’s to stop opioid abuse and reduce drug supply and demand. Since being in office the administration has introduced numerous programs nationwide to help combat the issue.
Programs have included health initiatives to increase law enforcement to help the Department of Justice. They have secured $6 billion in funding for over two years over two years for opioid abuse, awarding $1.5 billion to State Opioid Response grants annually, has given $400 million between 2017- 2018 to support treatment of prevention and addiction. The Trump administration has also awarded $90 million to community coalitions, the most of any administration in the last 20 years to youth substance prevention programs.
Millions of Americans have been affected by drug addiction. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2017, there were more than 70,200 deaths due to drug overdoses. In recent years opioid addiction has grown into a crisis with the recent push from pharmaceutical companies to doctors to prescribe more opioid prescriptions to be distributed to people. Addiction to opioids can happen to anyone and can happen without realizing it over time.
Since 2018, 27 states have filed lawsuits against the opioid manufacturers. The majority of lawsuits are with Purdue Pharmaceutical company for creating oxycontin in 1996. Purdue Pharma is accused of misleading marketing campaigns to the dangers of oxycontin and for pushing even stronger opioids into the market. It is believed that Purdue Pharma was aware of the dangers and was more concerned with making a profit than people using it.
The states that are suing the Pharmaceutical companies are New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Tennessee, South Dakota, Virginia, North Carolina, Illinois, South Carolina, Louisiana, Rhode Island, Alabama, Mississippi, Washington, Ohio, Missouri, Alaska, North Dakota, Texas, New Hampshire,New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Louisiana, and Nevada.
Opioids are used to treat persistent or severe pain and are derived from the opium poppy plant. Opioids drugs include morphine, opium, heroin, and codeine and they stimulate their receptors in the brain. Opioids not only cause pain relief but also a sense of relaxation, and can cause the respiratory system to slow down which can lead to respiratory arrest and death. The effects of opioids can last hours and the user can build a tolerance to it making the user need more that can lead to overdoses.