President Trump’s plan for dealing with the opioid crisis includes more Medicaid coverage for inpatient treatment, new prescription restrictions and an interstate prescription monitoring database, federal funding for naloxone for first responders, and stepped-up criminal enforcement.
Here’s a detailed look at the elements of the plan:
· Eliminating many restrictions on Medicaid coverage for inpatient drug addiction treatment.
· Dramatically increasing first responders' use of naloxone to reverse overdoses, through federal funding.
· Creating a prescription monitoring database, so that doctors can find out if patients are seeking opioid prescriptions from multiple providers.
· New “best practices” designed to reduce opioid prescriptions, and a requirement that these be phased in for federal health care providers and for prescriptions covered by government insurance such as Medicare and Medicaid.
· Funding for research and development of techniques to prevent opioid addiction, including an opioid-addiction vaccine and non-opioid pain treatments.
· Screening all federal prisoners for opioid abuse, and directing addicts to treatment.
· Improving tracking of opioid problems, to more efficiently direct government resources to the areas most in need.
· Providing on-demand treatment to veterans and their families at VA hospitals.
· A new Justice Department task force to monitor Internet sales and increase prosecution of criminally negligent doctors, pharmacies, distributors, and manufacturers.
· A major anti-drug advertising campaign, including a new website where addicts and families can share their stories (www.crisisnextdoor.gov).
· Making it easier to impose mandatory minimum sentences for knowingly selling deadly opioids.
· Stepped-up inspections of international packages to check for drug shipments.
· The death penalty for drug dealers in certain cases where opioid trafficking directly leads to a fatal overdose.