Trump administration’s opioid crisis response plans a ‘catastrophic mistake’
The Trump administration on Monday said it is working on plans to increase the number of opioid overdose deaths in the United States, and said it will consider imposing new federal laws to address the epidemic.
The administration’s proposal, which was released in a document titled “Planning for the 21st Century,” calls for doubling the national response to fentanyl, oxycodone, hydrocodone and codeine.
It also calls for increasing the number and duration of overdose monitoring visits for patients.
The opioid crisis has claimed more than 40,000 lives in the U.S. since the year 2000.
It is believed to have been sparked by the opioid epidemic of the early 2000s.
Trump’s proposal would expand the number inpatient treatment facilities and provide $2 billion in funding for those facilities to assist with the increase in opioid deaths.
It would also increase the supply of overdose-reversing medication.
The administration is also proposing to expand the opioid screening program and make it easier for individuals to access treatment.
The proposal is likely to be challenged by lawmakers, as it could lead to a shortage of the medication, as well as a lack of state and local resources.