Senate looks to end opioid addiction epidemic

Senate looks to end opioid addiction epidemic

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Sens. Ed Markey and Joe Manchin addressing members of the press over the opioids addiction epidemic in the U.S.

By Mariela Hernandez

WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) – During a press conference Monday, Sens. Edward John “Ed” Markey (D-MA) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to “address the public health impact of the nations opioid addiction.”

While the current FDA mission statement looks to “make medicines more effective, safer, and more affordable” and produce “accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines,” the two Senators look to include the addiction epidemic rising in the United States directly in the FDA’s statement.

The joint press briefing criticized the FDA as a barrier to recovery, saying that the federal agency needs to invest more in treatment centers and not turning to the justice system immediately and incarcerating addicts.

Markey and Manchin said that by investing in recovery and treatment, crime rates nationwide would fall and save lives of many Americans.

Markey claimed that 80 percent of heroin addicts began by using, often necessarily, prescribed narcotics for severe pain relief. Over time, patients begin to rely more heavily on the doctor prescribed medications and soon become addicted.

While no piece of legislation has been introduced, both Senate members are attempting to garner support from fellow member to keep “these killer drugs” more accountable.

 

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