Telemedicine prescribing of anti-addiction medicines is especially important as a means of responding to the opioid epidemic as there are more patients in need of treatment than there are providers available in-person to treat. Telemedicine could make a big difference in getting patients access to treatment faster, saving lives. "We hear about what's going on in Manatee County because we live there, but it's much larger than that".
Through an emergency declaration that brings opioid addiction from out of the shadows and into the sunshine, the federal government can start to blunt the effects the devastating drugs are having on our communities. It added that 27 million people reported in 2015 they now used illegal drugs or abuse prescription drugs, but only 21 million receive any type of treatment.
He said he'd be drawing up documents to formalize the declaration soon. "Anything that helps is good". The overall problem is that opioids are extremely potent and addictive - and the withdrawals are severe. We need a national focus on this epidemic.
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Price sought to diminish the administration's resolution on Tuesday just after Trump declared that a robust law implementation reply is required and that he is devoted to fight the situation. Trump made the opioid crisis a key part of his campaign, appealing to voters in states most affected by heroin and prescription drug abuse.