r/DonaldTrump’s “Trump’s Top 45 Accomplishments” – Accomplishment #43: Battling the Opioid Crisis


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★ Accomplishment #43 ★

Battling the Opioid Crisis


Summary: Different than previous Presidential Administration’s “War on Drugs”, The Trump Administration has approached the Opioid crisis as a public health crisis, and as such has aimed to help end and prevent addiction as opposed to imprison those who are addicted. This has been a full administration approach, including state level funding to help treat and end addictions, cracking down on fraudulent prescriber, improving various department roadmaps and education programs for legitimate prescribers, preventing the importing or manufacturing of illegal synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and many other programs through the various departments of the Executive Branch. The result of this wholistic government approach has been the reversal of a decade-long upward trend in both addiction and overdose deaths.


The crisis

  • From 2013 to 2017, there were massive increases in drug overdose rates across the nation, effecting millions of Americans.

https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/statedeaths/drug-overdose-death-rate-increase-2013-2017.html

https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates

  • In 2016 the ASAM said of the Opioid Epidemic, “Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 20,101 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 12,990 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2015.”

https://www.asam.org/docs/default-source/advocacy/opioid-addiction-disease-facts-figures.pdf

  • On December 30, 2016, the CDC issues a report on stating both “The U.S. opioid epidemic is continuing. Drug overdose deaths nearly tripled during 1999–2014. In 2014, among 47,055 drug overdose deaths, 61% involved an opioid.” & “From 2014 to 2015, the death rate from synthetic opioids other than methadone, which includes fentanyl, increased by 72.2%, and heroin death rates increased by 20.6%.”

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm655051e1.htm

  • In 2017, at the peak of the crisis, 47,000 Americans died from Opioid Overdose, while 1.7 million Americans suffer some substance use disorders.

https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/opioids/opioid-overdose-crisis

  • The White House summary of the crisis.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/the-administrations-approach/the-drug-crisis/


The actions

  • On March 29, 2017, President Donald J. Trump Signs an Executive Order Establishing the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, establishing both the Office of National Drug Control Policy as well as the “President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis”

https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/president-donald-j-trump-signs-executive-order-establishing-presidents-commission-combating-drug-addiction-opioid-crisis/

https://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/ondcp/commission_charter.pdf

  • On April 19 2017, the Trump Administration’s HHS awarded nearly $500m to the states to help fight the Opioid Crisis, and established the HHS Strategy for Fighting Opioid Crisis

https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2017/04/19/trump-administration-awards-grants-states-combat-opioid-crisis.html

https://www.hhs.gov/about/leadership/secretary/speeches/2017-speeches/secretary-price-announces-hhs-strategy-for-fighting-opioid-crisis/index.html

  • On October 25, 2017, the Trump Administration’s HHS declared the Opioid Crisis as a National Emergency.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trump-taking-action-drug-addiction-opioid-crisis/

https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2017/10/26/hhs-acting-secretary-declares-public-health-emergency-address-national-opioid-crisis.html

  • In November 2017 the Commission on Combating Drug Addition and the Opioid Crisis released their final report. Additionally, the Council of Economic Advisers released their own report on “The Underestimated Cost of the Opioid Crisis.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/images/Final_Report_Draft_11-1-2017.pdf

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/images/The%20Underestimated%20Cost%20of%20the%20Opioid%20Crisis.pdf

  • On March 1 2018 President Donald J. Trump announces a comprehensive plan to assign tasks to various departments in regards to the “War on Opioids”, including the HHS, CDC, FDA, VA, CMS, DOJ, CBP, DEA, and more.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/articles/will-win-war-opioids/

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trump-combatting-opioid-crisis/

  • January 31, 2019 the White House releases a new Drug Control Strategy.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/white-house-releases-national-drug-control-strategy/

  • September 4, 2019 the Trump Administration’s HHS announces another $1.8 billion in function for the states to continue combatting the Opioid Crisis

https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2019/09/04/trump-administration-announces-1-8-billion-funding-states-combating-opioid.html


The results

  • As of 2018 Data, the upward trend of Overdose Deaths has been reversed, and is starting to see a reduction for the first time in over a decade.

https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates

https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/statedeaths/drug-overdose-death-rate-increase-graph-2017-2018.html

  • HHS Opioid Crisis Statistics.

https://www.hhs.gov/opioids/about-the-epidemic/opioid-crisis-statistics/index.html

  • A summary of the current standing of the crisis and the most recent actions can be found at the Whitehouse website

https://www.whitehouse.gov/opioids/


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