Now the White House and President Obama are lending voice to what it calls the epidemic a prescription drug and heroin use.
In a press release issued today, the White House announced that prescription drug abuse and heroin use have taken a heartbreaking toll on too many Americans and their families, while straining law enforcement and treatment programs.
President Obama traveled to West Virginia on Wednesday to hear directly from individuals and families affected by this epidemic and the health care professionals, law enforcement officers, and community leaders working to prevent addiction and respond to its aftermath.
The President announced federal, state, local and private sector efforts aimed at addressing the prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic. These include commitments by more than 40 provider groups – representing doctors, dentists, advanced practice registered nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists and educators — that more than 540,000 health care providers will complete opioid prescriber training in the next two years. In addition, CBS, ABC, the New York Times, Google, the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and other companies will donate millions of dollars in media space for PSAs about the risks of prescription drug misuse produced by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
A significant number of groups are supporting the administration’s efforts including: the American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Pain Society, and American Academy of Pain Medicine.
Here is a link to the press release from WhiteHouse.gov.