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BREAKING: President Donald J. Trump declares a National State of Emergency on the Opiate Crisis.
Official statement from Faces & Voices of Recovery Executive Director Patty McCarthy Metcalf:
"We commend the President and his administration for taking this critical step. It can be a game changer for expediting life-saving treatments to those in need as soon as possible. The recovery community is ready to be part of the solution to provide recovery support services to help individuals and families on to their path to long-term recovery from addiction. All-hands-on-deck!"
The federal Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis last week released its much anticipated recommendations. Some of them were bold and constructive, including calling for the president to declare a national state of emergency, a move that would bring about urgent coordinated actions between state and federal authorities to address the opioid crisis. But a critical piece to solving this challenge—supporting people in recovery—was completely missing.
Parallel to the understanding growing that incarcerating our way out of substance use disorder just doesn’t work for people and that prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery support services are far more humane and effective, there is now a new target enemy in War On Drugs 2.0: the drug dealers.