According to Senator Brown, the treatment of drug addicts is sponsored by the federal budget and President Barack Obama has declared that it will be a priority in the 2017 fiscal year.
Barack Obama decided to include $1.1 billion in the 2017 fiscal year budget. The money will be used to battle the nationwide epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse.
Sherrod Brown, US Senator, has been trying to reduce the number of people who abuse drugs for years. One of his main goals was to make drug abuse treatment more accessible for the people who sought help.
Brown focuses on making medication-assisted therapy and the access to an effective treatment and support option available nation-wide.
This will now be possible because the president has agreed to include $1.1 billion in the 2017 fiscal year. According to Senator Brown the fight against drug abuse is a time-consuming and costly one.
The US Senator has been working with community advocates, providers, patients and family members in Ohio so that he could find a way to prevent the growing epidemic of drug abuse.
The funding plan will award the necessary resources to each state based on the severity of the drug abuse problem that the state is dealing with. The funds will be used in the expansion of the medication-assisted therapy given to the opioid addicts.
The plan devised by President Obama also includes an increase of funds for the Justice Department (DOJ), and the Human Services and Health Department (HHS). The extra funds will be put to use in a program that is trying to expand the prescription drugs initiative, widen the access to drugs used in the treatment of overdose-reversal and give a boost to the enforcement activities.
President Obama requested that a significant portion of the program should focus on rural areas because that’s where the addiction and overdose rates are the highest.
The plan will also feature a pilot project of the HHS. The initiative is designed for physician assistants and nurse practitioners that will be asked to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use.
The TREAT Act will bring the US law up to date and it will allow certified physicians to offer treatment to a larger group of patients that are struggling with drug or painkiller medication addiction. The act also allows some physician assistants and nurse practitioners that are qualified to provide medication-assisted supervised treatment.
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