The opioid epidemic has gripped every corner of the U.S. With overdoses skyrocketing, lawmakers are seeking solutions to prevent usage, promote treatment and save lives.
For prevention, the FDA should enhance oversight and health care professionals should limit prescribing opioids. Age appropriate education on risks is also important.
Detox, inpatient and outpatient treatment, along with supportive housing, is critical to help those in recovery. Insurance rules need to be modified to make long-term treatment options accessible. Overdose antidotes need to be designed to counter effects of fentanyl as well as cheaper and more readily available to the public.
– Capri Cafaro, Executive in Residence, American University’s School of Public Affairs