In America, there were 52,404 deaths as a result of an overdose in 2015 alone.
This also includes the 33,091 (63.1%) that were exposed to an opioid of sorts. On daily basis, the statistics state there are 91 opioid overdose deaths.
In 2016, around 11.5 million Americans older than 12, have abused the prescription pain meds, as per the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Shockingly, around 948,000 or 0.3% of all Americans older than 12 have tried or used heroin in 2016.
This, naturally, poses a serious problem for the country.
President Trump stated numerous times that this issue must come as a priority, and who else to take the charge in this matter other than Kellyanne Conway?!
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway has been now officially put in charge of handling the drug misuse that has grabbed America by the neck.
Take a look at the video below to learn more:
In his press conference, Sessions stated that Conway would “coordinate and lead the effort from the White House.”
“The president has made this a White House priority,” said Sessions.
Here is what the White House stated regarding the matter:
• The action allows for expanded access to telemedicine services, including services involving remote prescribing of medicine commonly used for substance abuse or mental health treatment.
• The action helps overcome bureaucratic delays and inefficiencies in the hiring process, by allowing the Department of Health and Human Services to more quickly make temporary appointments of specialists with the tools and talent needed to respond effectively to our Nation’s ongoing public health emergency.
• The actions allow the Department of Labor to issue dislocated worker grants to help workers who have been displaced from the workforce because of the opioid crisis, subject to available funding.
• The action allows for shifting of resources within HIV/AIDS programs to help people eligible for those programs receive substance abuse treatment, which is important given the connection between HIV transmission and substance abuse.
• In March 2017, President Trump established the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, with the following stated mission: “to study the scope and effectiveness of the Federal response to drug addiction and the opioid crisis and to make recommendations to the President for improving that response.”
President Trump eagerly awaits the Commission’s final report so that he can review their findings and recommendations.
• Since President Trump took office, more than $1 billion in funding has been allocated or spent directly addressing the drug addiction and opioid crisis.This is a serious problem and Trump is serious about fixing it.
We honestly trust Kellyanne Conway to do an amazing job, and we salute President Trump for making the right choice.
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