Attacking the Opioid Crisis on a Budget

Attacking the Opioid Crisis on a Budget

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Political talk is cheap, substance abuse programs are expensive, and the nature of the crisis demands fast action. Sadly, while an official ‘public health emergency’ declaration helps, it doesn’t give a quick infusion of cash to help embattled front line substance abuse workers. To allocate funds, the Health and Human Services (HHS) budget (that currently cuts $4B in funding) must be revised so that Congress has funds to allocate. As it looks like the crisis will continue to be fought on a shoestring, in addition to immediate definitional changes to access existing funds, it’s time to get the biggest bang for addiction intervention bucks: prevention innovation.

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Interesting. Innovative

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https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/public-health-emergency-requires-innovation-attacking-amy-baxter-md/