US government to fight drug addiction
The government of the United States has said that it is planning to take effective measures to fight the high rate of addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin.
The Obama administration has indicated that it is aiming to spend more than $1 billion over the next two years to fight the addiction to drugs. The officials said that most of the funds will be used in making anti-addiction medications, including buprenorphine easily available in the market. Some say that it will hard to cure drug addiction with more drugs as it is the thing that fuels addiction in the first place.
The data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that the mortality rates are four to fives times as high as in the mid-1970s. The country is facing worst epidemic of unintentional drug overdose ever. Data also showed that more than 28,000 people in the US died from heroin and painkiller overdoses in 2014.
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell pointed out that less than half of the 2.2 million people who need treatment for opioid addiction are receiving treatment. Some also said that there is a shortage of doctors willing to prescribe buprenorphine and there is a limit on the number of patients each doctor can treat, pointing out these factors prevents some from receiving required treatment.
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