The Opioid Fix That Wasn't

President Trump signed an omnibus opioid crisis bill that the bill’s author called “the most significant congressional effort against a single drug crisis in history.” But given that the bill bolsters many prior and dangerous... Read more
President Trump signed an omnibus opioid crisis bill that the bill’s author called “the most significant congressional effort against a single drug crisis in history.” But given that the bill bolsters many prior and dangerous interventions, we should only expect the crisis to get worse because of it. But this government intervention had one major flaw — the crisis was not caused by prescribing. After a 28 percent decrease in opioid prescribing since 2012, opioid overdose death rates have now doubled. The government’s own data show non-marijuana illicit drug use has actually remained stable since 2002. The only difference now is that users are exposed to less pharmaceutical-grade options. When drugs aren’t supplied by the legal market and clean, they’ll inevitably be supplied by the illegal market and dirtier. You may be able to find the same oxycodone pills from less expensive sources, but if they are counterfeit and adulterated with fentanyl, you risk the same tragic death as Prince. Read less
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If the Trump administration wants to make meaningful change, there are plenty of actions it can take that don’t waste taxpayer resources. For example, it could direct Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar to request a reschedule of naloxone so that it’s available over-the-counter. Naloxone is an opioid overdose... Read more

If the Trump administration wants to make meaningful change, there are plenty of actions it can take that don’t waste taxpayer resources. For example, it could direct Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar to request a reschedule of naloxone so that it’s available over-the-counter. Naloxone is an opioid overdose reversal agent that is easy to administer, nonaddictive, and safe to consume for anyone in any situation. Since naloxone has already saved thousands of lives, this move should not be controversial.

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If the Trump administration wants to make meaningful change, there are plenty of actions it can take that don't waste taxpayer resources. For example, it could direct Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar to request a reschedule of naloxone so that it's available over-the-counter. Naloxone is an opioid overdose... Read more

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If the Trump administration wants to make meaningful change, there are plenty of actions it can take that don't waste taxpayer resources. For example, it could direct Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar to request a reschedule of naloxone so that it's available over-the-counter. Naloxone is an opioid overdose reversal agent that is easy to administer, nonaddictive, and safe to consume for anyone in any situation. Since naloxone has already saved thousands of lives, this move should not be controversial.

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Sessions: Dozens charged in opioid crackdown

2018/06/28 - USA Today

U.S. Opioid Prescribing Rate Maps

- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)

- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

How France Cut Heroin Overdoses by 79 Percent in 4 Years

2018/04/16 - The Atlantic

To Save Lives, Make Naloxone an Over-the-Counter Drug

- Cato Institute