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White House Commission details opioid report

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A special commission formed to find ways to combat America's opioid crisis has sent their initial report to the White House.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 142 people die in America each day from drug overdoses.

A special commission charged with ending this national crisis sent suggestions to the White House.

Their findings: 

  • They want the President to declare a national emergency which would help provide immediate funding to help combat the problem.
  • The commission wants more people to have more access to treatment. That means more funding for Medicaid.
  • They want better tracking of patient prescriptions from state to state.
  • The commission wants all law enforcement all over the country to carry life-saving drugs like naloxone and Narcan.
  • They want the Department of Homeland Security to stop deadly fentanyl from entering the country in the first place.

The commission believes these suggestions can help save lives immediately. 

Local addiction experts say it's a start.

Larry Moliterno from Meridian HealthCare says people also need access to continued recovery support services. "Addiction is a life-long disease and we have to make sure we treat it through a person's life not just a 60 month or 90-day period and think everything is going to be fine. We have to provide those support services. And lastly there has to be a continued investment is prevention so we can stop the next generation of people with addiction," said Moliterno.

The commission says more needs to be done to alert young people to the dangers of opioids and education needs to be addressed in schools.
Their final report is expected in October.

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