Opioid and general drug addiction is a tremendous problem, and this issue has been recognized by both Trump and Clinton. However, this acknowledgement does not necessarily mean that the country will gain triumph over the epidemic. Donald Trump has promised to prevent heroin flow from foreign countries by building a wall. This strategy cannot be evaluated in terms of feasibility and effectiveness. On the other hand, Clinton has proposed a detailed plan for combating the epidemic in the long-term.
Clinton has proposed a plan to dedicate approximately ten billion dollar in the war against opioid and drug addiction in the nation. This money will be used to augment the already established programs set by the federal government. Ideally, three-quarters of the ten billion dollars will be set aside to encourage combat of drug use, addiction and abuse in individual states. Basically, if a state sets aside a budget for a program under this issue, the federal government will allocate four dollars to the region for every one dollar. The rest of the cash will be utilized in drug treatment and prevention plans as seen fit by the feds.
Specifics for Prevention
The funds allocated to the states for combating opioid addiction can be used in numerous ways, and Clinton has outlined some important specifics for prevention that can potentially promote long-term change. The state can establish activities, school programs as well as peer support and mentorship plans to help curb teenage drug use and subsequent addiction. The prescribers in each region can also be trained thoroughly and monitored with regard to opioids. This will reduce incidences related to giving opioids to patients who do not really need them or individuals prone to drug addiction.
Hillary Clinton has also proposed some potential changes that state governments can implement in relation to the treatment of drug addiction. The candidate aims to encourage each state to assess and recognize the gaps in existing treatment programs within local communities. Therefore, the allocated cash can be used in effectively streamlining licensing for treatment professionals, providing more resources for hospitals and community centers and ensuring that the parity laws imposed on insurance are properly enforced.
First responders should have access to naloxone which is effective in reversing drug overdoses related to opioids and other heavyweight drugs. Additionally, Clinton would like to see the criminal justice system reformed so that opioid users and addicts can receive treatment instead of getting incarcerated in prisons. The treatment programs for this can also be improved by ensuring that there are medication-based solutions to limit the effects of opioid withdrawal.
Finally, Clinton has proposed some other initiatives that require regulatory adjustments that do not demand direct funding. The health insurance companies can be required to pay for drug treatment through the intervention of federal enforcement. In addition, if there are more relaxed standards, medical professionals can be allowed to treat patients for opioid addiction.
The list of initiatives and proposed use of funds is extensive, and all have advantages and disadvantages. Still, the implementation of these, particularly the funding, could mean that the battle against opioid addiction moves forward favorably.