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A Government Shutdown (of Addiction): Federal Plan to Stop Opioid Addiction

Amanda Stevenson-Grund - Friday, February 26, 2016

President’s FY 2016 budget includes critical investments to intensify efforts to reduce opioid misuse and abuse, including $133 million in new funding to address this critical issue.” – HHS Press Office. March 26, 2015 Press Release. 2015

A United States flag stretches over a map of the United States

When thinking about the federal government’s involvement with health care, many people will immediately think of the Affordable Care Act’s recent effects on health insurance. Far fewer people will think of the government’s strategy to deal with opioid addiction, a plan that could save lives. Three federal organizations, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), are working to treat and prevent opioid addiction in the United States.

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Too Much of a Good Thing: Opioid Addiction in the U.S.

Amanda Stevenson-Grund - Friday, February 12, 2016

… between 26.4 million and 36 million people abuse opioids worldwide, with an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States suffering from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012 and an estimated 467,000 addicted to heroin.
Volkow. Testimony to Congress. National Institute on Drug Abuse. 2014

Analgesic tablets for pain relief rest on their prescription

“Push through the pain” might be a popular work-out mantra, but hospital employees and other caregivers dislike seeing their patients in pain. Often, physicians prescribe opioid analgesics to relieve the pain. Unfortunately, this can lead to dependence and addiction. Opioid addiction is at an all-time high in the U.S. and manifests itself through prescription analgesics and heroin use.

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