How Will President Trump Combat Opioid Abuse In America?
We all know that from the beginning, President Trump was adamant on his stance on his war on drugs. As an industry, we were not certain how Trump’s President would effect the rehab industry. While certain things are uncertain like reimbursements and many of the financials that centers have to be concerned about, what is certain is his dedication to combating addiction. If you did not know, Trump’s brother Freddy died to complications relating to abuse.
“At the end of 2016, there were 23% fewer federal prosecutions than in 2011. So they looked at this surge and they let it go by,” Trump said, referring to enforcement under former President Barack Obama. “We’re not letting it go by. The average sentence for a drug offender decreased 20% from 2009 to 2016.” CNN
Trump’s Approach To Limiting Opioid Abuse Starts With Drug Enforcement
- Increasing the prosecution rate drug related cases including prescription cases
- Increasing advocacy for abstinence related addiction treatment. As in don’t fight one drug addiction by treating it with another drug, like suboxone or methadone.
Will Trump’s Hard Fisted approach work? Time will only tell. One thing is for sure, that we need a revolution in this country and what got us here, won’t get us where we want to go.