The federal commission appointed by President Donald Trump to address opioid abuse in the United States wants him to declare a national emergency.
Led by Gov. Chris Christie, the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis issued an interim report yesterday that made several recommendations. They include:
Eliminating barriers to and increasing options for treatment,
Improving access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), which has proven to reduce overdose deaths and decrease the use of heroin,
Allowing Naloxone to be dispensed by standing order and put in the hands of all law enforcement,
Adding fentanyl detectors at land borders and post offices to stop its flow,
Enhancing interstate data-sharing to allow states to better track patient-specific prescription data,
Regulating patient privacy laws to ensure that information about substance abuse disorders is shared with medical professionals, and
Enforcing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act — which prohibits health plans from imposing less favorable benefits for mental health and substance-use diagnoses.
The commission is expected to publish additional findings in the fall.
Approximately 142 people die every day from a drug overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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