President Joe Biden is sending his administration’s first national drug control strategy to Congress, with a new record of nearly 107,000 deaths over the past 12 months.
The strategy released on Thursday is the first national plan to prioritize what is known as harm reduction, said White House Pharmacist Dr. Rahul Gupta. That is, it focuses on preventing death And pain when trying to involve drug users in care and treatment.
The strategy calls for changes in state laws and policies to promote harm reduction.
“Most of these drugs are grown in communities where Naloxone is not available,” Gupta said Wednesday, citing over-the-counter drugs that can rejuvenate users.
The American Medical Association has argued that Naloxone should be on the shelf. Experimental pieces Examining fentanyl and pure syringe programs is another example of preventing overdose.
Reducing damage prevents overdose, reduces the spread of infectious diseases, and “according to a recent congressional reportIt has bilateral support, ”said Gupta.
The first doctor to head the National Drug Control BureauGupta controls the strategy, which includes the following:
– Target the financial activities of criminal organizations that manufacture and transport illicit drugs in the United States.
– Reduce the supply of illegal drugs across the US border.
– Improving information systems and research that guide drug policy.
– Ensure that people who are at risk of alcohol abuse have access to evidence-based treatment, including those who are homeless and in prison or incarcerated.
“Everyone who needs treatment should be able to get it,” Gupta said.