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Sunday, 02 July 2017 15:57

Tom Price: ‘We don’t need to be throwing money’ at opioid crisis

Written by  Mark Moore

The head of Health and Human Services said on Sunday that Congress doesn’t need to “throw money” at the opioid crisis but should direct the funds at “evidence-based treatment.”

“We don’t need to throw money at it just to say let’s put more money in there,” HHS Secretary Tom Price said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.

The head of Health and Human Services said on Sunday that Congress doesn’t need to “throw money” at the opioid crisis but should direct the funds at “evidence-based treatment.”

“We don’t need to throw money at it just to say let’s put more money in there,” HHS Secretary Tom Price said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “What we need to do is identify the things that are working and then fund those things that are working.”

He said proof that evidence-based programs work to treat people on opioids can be found in his department, the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Over the last 10 years, we’ve seen overdose deaths in this country spike to an incredible degree,” Price said, referring to the 52,000 opioid overdose deaths in 2015.

“That tells us and that should tell anybody who’s sober and looking at this situation that what we’re dong right now is not working.”

The Trump administration, which has created a panel to reduce opioid addiction led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, says solving the epidemic is a “top priority.”

Price said there’s a “lot known” about what works to treat people abusing pain killers.

“When the resources are provided by the Congress of the Untied States that those monies go to those programs that are actually successful,” he said.

But in May, 700 addiction experts criticized Price’s comments about medication-assisted treatments – using methadone and buprenorphine, other opioids to treat people addicted to pain killers – as “substituting one opioid for another.”

They urged him to “set the record straight.”

The amount of funding for the crisis was one of the sticking points in the GOP-plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare for moderate Republicans.

Many – like Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, whose states are among those hardest hit by the epidemic – said they couldn’t vote for the healthcare plan unless sufficient money was dedicated to solving the problem.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to sweeten by pot by increasing funding to $45 billion after the original version of the bill only allocated $2 billion.

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Every time there is a problem it seems answer is "send me the money". money isn't the answer.In fact when we "We the taxpayer" send more money it usually makes more problems. I am tired of being "Black mailed "by the buearucrats and elected officials.

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What seems to be working is these people who are overdosing are actually solving the problem by doing so. If we merely sit back and do nothing, eventually these druggies and maybe even their dealers will all become extinct. Isn't this called "natural selection?"

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Paul Conely Written by Paul Conely
July 03, 2017
Hey Ron.... is it "NATURAL SELECTION" or "TOUGH LOVE"..... either way some folks are just TO DUMB to live.... I know some SUCKASS LIBERTARD is going to be saying we need to " UNDERSTAND THEIR PAIN" to which I'm gonna say take em as PRESCRIBED!!!!.... MORON
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Ron Oliver Written by Ron Oliver
July 03, 2017
I'll tell them, "they need to understand my pain when I have to get out of bed and get my gun to shoot these druggies at 3:00 am for breaking into my home to steal from me to buy more of their drugs."

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