The opioid crisis is called the worst drug problem in American history, with 1,233 people dying from opioid overdoses in Massachusetts from January to September in 2018.
In the hope of saving lives in the new year, the Ministry of Health and Human Services has released a new plan with five key points, aimed at better prevention, treatment and recovery.
An estimated 130 people per day die from opioid-related overdoses, and the number continues to rise.
Doctor Admiral Brett Giroir, senior policy advisor in the field of health and human services secretary Alex Azar, leads the battle at the Ministry of Health and Human Services.
"What we are currently encountering, I think, is one of the most critical public health challenges of our period," Giroir said. "We have lost more lives by drugs than we have done in all our modern wars combined."
In order to combat the crisis, agencies such as the Ministry of Health and Human Services and the Ministry of Justice are applying new and creative policy measures to combat the plague.
The Ministry of Justice has proposed reducing the production quota for opioid production in 2019, while the Ministry of Health and Human Services has $ 10 billion dollars and a five-point plan to address the problem.
They say the plan includes the following:
Better prevention, treatment and recovery services
-Better data on the epidemic
Better pain management
-Better targeting of overdose-reversing drugs
Better research into pain and addiction
Local governments even do a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies that produce opioids to help postpone the costs of the crisis that plagues their communities.
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The United States has urged China to better regulate fentanyl for years without much luck.
A successful solution to the opioid crisis may not be easy, because the sale and distribution of fentanyl is a huge industry for China, and weak regulation means that even if new laws were adopted, they might not be enforced.
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