As the time for choosing a president for the United States draws near, it is important to take a look at how each candidate proposes to handle one of the most prevalent crises facing the country. The opioid crisis continues to wreak a devastating effect on the lives of young people -- and their loved ones who often find themselves standing by helplessly as their son, daughter, mother, father, sister or brother spirals out of control. In order to be as informed as possible, the following details the approaches proposed by the two candidates.
While stumping for the primaries, Hillary Clinton make addressing the opioid crisis a regular part of her speeches. Clinton acknowledged that this issue is not a new one and she was adamant that the country must find ways to address it head on.
In late 2015, she unveiled a $10 billion plan whose purpose is to provide wider access to lifesaving treatments for addicts. Clinton's plan also vows to reduce incarceration for those drug offenders who are not violent.
Much of this plan would be funded at the federal level. It would involve providing access to a drug used to rescue victims of opioid addiction who are overdosing. To that end, she proposed that more emergency responders would have access to naloxone to provide front-line access to those people who need it most.
As part of that spending plan, Clinton proposed that states could receive $4 for every $1 they spend as long as they meet treatment tests outlined by the federal government. As a way to offset some of the costs of her plan, Clinton suggested that keeping low-level drug users out of the criminal justice system and prison would free up a great deal of money.
Clinton noted that the drug epidemic is not new -- 3,041 people lost their lives to heroin overdose in 2008 -- but that it is time for the nation to stop the quiet epidemic that is ravaging its landscape. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 8,260 died in 2013 as a result of overdoses. This figures surpasses auto accidents as the number one killer in the nation.
Barriers to opioid addiction treatment must be removed in order to pave the way for drug addicts to turn their lives around. Currently, there are 23 million American addicted to opioids and only 10 percent of those are receiving addiction treatment. In some cases, people have discovered that their insurance won't foot the bill -- in spite of language in the Affordable Care Act mandating its coverage. In other instances, addiction treatment centers have filled to capacity.
Donald Trump's strategy is markedly different from Clinton's for its sheer lack of details. Beyond noting that he plans to secure the United States' border with Mexico in order to end the flow of drugs, Trump has said little else on the subject. While experts acknowledge that much of the heroin that winds up on American soil comes through the Mexican border, there are numerous other methods of entry, including planes, tunnels and ships. These experts predict that building a wall to separate the United States from Mexico will simply result in a greater influx of opioids from other methods of entry.
Additionally, Trump has said nothing about how he plans to help the millions of Americans addicted to opioids, heroin and other substances if he is elected as the country's president.
Regards of who ultimately becomes president, Detox of South Florida is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive and caring treatment options for those individuals who are dealing with the opioid crisis. Their thorough and professional resources provide the perfect balance of support, education and medical intervention to pave the way to a life free of opioids. Contact them today for answers to your questions, to check your insurance coverage or any other need you might have. They are available 24 hours every day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.