Legislation Changes to Assist Addiction
Bipartisan bill is a prime example of our federal government responding to the overwhelming feedback and discussion surrounding addiction, and it is aiming to change up the way addiction is educated, prevented, and treated. In summary, the plan is to address the opioid epidemic in the United States, but it is not a simple task. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2018 Annual Report show that opioid related deaths were 66.4% of all deaths in 2016. This is not a statistic that our society should be willing to accept without taking as much action to prevent this as humanly possible. Here at Northpoint Recovery, we believe that all 42,249 of those opioid related deaths are too many. We believe in helping our neighbors, citizens, and individuals in general. These deaths do not simply mark a problem with addiction, it impacts our growth as a society, families, loved ones, employers. 42,249 individuals in one year means an incalculable loss of unique ideas, experiences and contributions to our world. That is the entire country of San Marino or Monaco, with room to spare for tourists. At Northpoint Recovery, we aim in providing a safe environment for those struggling with addiction to build a solid foundation for their recovery. For anyone who is still struggling, please feel free to contact us so we can assist you!
As this topic is so important to us, Janice Fulkerson, our Northpoint Recovery director of contracting, discussed this matter further with Idaho Matters. Janice explained how the legislation will help expand medicare to cover addiction treatment, fund medicaid, and assist those coming out of prison who are the most vulnerable to addiction. The legislation will increase transparency for prescribers and drug makers. Additionally, people who are on a waiting list will be able to access addiction treatment services, and there will be an increase in education and prevention measures.
By increasing education and prevention measures, there will be reduced stigma of the opioid crisis for those addicted. This means renewing hope and restoring families who have been affected by addiction. We hope that this message reaches more people every year, so that we can retain more neighbors, family members, citizens, workers, people. It is a shame to lose so many ideas and contributions to addiction-related deaths. The problems facing our society can’t be solved overnight, but we need to apply the trend of open communication via social media to continue to raise awareness, and increase collaboration, not just communication. What will you do to contribute, and add to the band of shoulders that your fellow neighbors can lean on, possibly helping to preserve a lifetime of experiences and productivity?