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Drug Epidemic Not Eased by the Government

Drug Epidemic and Opioid Addiction - The Bergand Group

In spite of the dozens of other topics that take precedence in the news lately, the White House has also been paying (some) attention to the drug epidemic. “The White House Opioid Commission’s Interim Report” has recently released some statistics and information on the opioid addiction situation… and what they plan to do about it.

Some Potential Strategies to End the Drug Epidemic

Unfortunately, the news is not particularly good or encouraging. We discussed last week the enormous cost to the nation of opioid addiction, but the misplaced spending and the still-staggering rate of addictions has seemingly not been concerning enough. For many, the “traditional” models for care, if they are struggling with substance abuse, have not succeeded thus far. Work has to be done to create programs that are more successful in aiding these people and which draw in financial support, rather than allotting that money to criminalization and persecution.

Some experts claim that one of the better ways to approach this is to “incorporate an individual’s living environment into treatment” so that there is a smoother transition to and from that treatment process. Another critical suggestion is to limit “the ability to prescribe opiate pain medications only to physicians with specialized training in pain management.” This way, at least, those doctors without the same level of experience with painkillers won’t have the ability to prescribe them as frequently. Limiting availability is a step in the right direction, though one of many.

Something to consider are the benefits and challenges of MAT, or medication-assisted treatment. Though this can aid some people, it can prove dangerous to others. Medication-assisted treatment involves taking other medications to ease the weaning off of drugs or alcohol, but that mix can sometimes have its own consequences. Health providers and opioid addiction specialists must be wary of the  number of medications that they give to their patients in an effort toward recovery. Adding too many variables into the mix, particularly those with chemical sway, can do more harm than good.

In one researcher’s interesting take, it was noted that “easing HIPAA regulations” might do a lot of good. Privacy is important, particularly in this field, but allowing for a little more sharing of that information could help care providers to speak more freely and to find a more complete form of care for the individual. It may get tricky in a legal arena, which is why this is just one consideration of many in an effort to ease the drug epidemic.

Finally, we return to the subject of decriminalization. This hot topic plays a huge role in the state of addiction in America right now. A consideration within this subject is that we offer “individuals a clean record upon successful completion of addiction treatment,” which “would cut criminal justice costs dramatically and also enable those in recovery to more easily re-integrate into the job market.” Since this is the biggest cost associated with the opioid addiction crisis, anything that we can do to spend less and help these people is worth a try.

If you want to learn more about the current drug epidemic then contact The Bergand Group. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center and offers support for those struggling with drug addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction.  We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.

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At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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