Helping Drug Addicts May Become Politically Correct?
In early February, 2016, President Obama announced a plan to increase drug treatment and prevention spending, which is severely lacking in many states. Also, access to Naloxone, and other drugs to help overdose and addiction will be expanded. For the first time in U.S., helping drug addicts has become a priority. Efforts are long overdue, as the heroin and prescription painkillers epidemic in the U.S. has been largely ignored for sometime.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, over 2 million people in the nation require treatment for opiate abuse. However, only about half have been able to get it.
President Obama is asking Congress for over $1 billion dollars to invest in anti-drug abuse spending. In the past, such a request would have been nothing but laughable. And yet another bipartisan solution, called the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, is a bill proposed by Sen. Rob Portman, a republican from Ohio.
But in the current political environment, the Obama administration may finally get their way. With the pressure from voters and state outcries, such as New Hampshire, turning down support for this spending may be risky for some legislative officials.
New Hampshire is one of the states hit hardest by the epidemic, and has recently seen a rash of fatal drug overdoses. Law enforcement has been pleading to the powers-that-be on the state and federal levels, and have been developing their own methods of helping drug addicts.
While it’s true that Obama and Congress may be acting in their own best interests, the fact is, it’s a very necessary move if helping drug addicts in this country is ever going to be politically and morally accepted. Moreover, the problem is finally being acknowledged, and progress can be made toward something getting done.