Which States Are Taking a Stand Against Addiction?

Nov 9, 2017 0 Comments in addiction, prescription monitoring by
Which States Are Taking a Stand Against Addiction?

Medication Monitoring and Addiction Policy in the United States

As a country, we are attempting to fight the serious issue of substance abuse and addiction in the United States today. According to TIME, President Trump recently declared the opioid addiction crisis to be a public health crisis in the U.S., although many critics say this is not enough to truly make a difference in fighting this issue.

Certain states are actually taking a stand against addiction, however. Some of these states have even made a difference, reducing the number of overdoses that occurred over the past few years, while others have focused on providing more treatment options for addicted individuals. No matter what, the most important thing we can do is to work together—as individuals, as states, and as a country—to fight this problem.

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Which States Are Fighting Back Against Substance Abuse?

Every state has its own issues with drug abuse, addiction, and overdose, and a handful of states are beginning to take substance abuse seriously and are taking action to fight back.

  • Massachusetts has been in the throes of a serious opioid epidemic for years. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the state is working to better educate its citizens on this issue, as well as to require that more medical facilities provide effective care to substance abusers.
  • Florida saw a 22.7 percent increase in drug overdose deaths between 2014 and 2015. This was statistically significant, as stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since then, the state has been working toward a change, recently declaring the opioid crisis a state of emergency, making naloxone more readily available, and working to provide more education on the subject for Florida residents.
  • Washington has also taken up the fight and created the WA State Interagency Opioid Working Plan to provide its government and its healthcare workers with better strategies for fighting this epidemic.
  • Arizona declared the opioid crisis a state of emergency in June of 2017 and has since trained more than 1,000 police and emergency responders to administer naloxone injections.
  • Maryland lawmakers are specifically focused on the heroin epidemic and are working to increase the access to long-term inpatient treatment for addiction.

Many other states are putting forth an effort to fight this issue, however there is still so much that can be done.

How Else Can States Take a Stand Against Addiction?

Taking a stand against addiction is difficult because it is such a widespread, serious, and multifaceted problem. Some states, though, have discovered that declaring a state of emergency is helpful toward allowing lawmakers to allocate funds and resources necessary to this issue in order to make real change occur. In addition, some states are also finding that education is extremely helpful toward preventing addiction.

Drug testing is another way states can fight back against addiction. Most employers and government bodies drug test, but treatment centers that participate in medication monitoring can make medication-assisted treatment easier, by being able to determine if patients are abusing the medications they receive for every day for treatment.

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