Some of the startling statistics include that 142 Americans die of a drug overdose every day. And more Americans are killed by drug overdoses in a year than died in the Vietnam war. (Lately that is; 10, 15 years ago it was not so bad)
But they have some ideas:
Grant waiver approvals for all 50 states to eliminate existing regulatory barriers in the Medicaid program that exclude the federal Institutes for Mental Diseases.
Under the Social Security Act, federal Medicaid funds can’t reimburse services from inpatient facilities that treat “mental diseases,” including addiction, with more than 16 beds. Eliminating this barrier would let states “immediately open treatment to thousands of Americans in existing facilities in all 50 states,” according to the commission.
Immediately set up and fund a federal program to improve access to medication-assisted treatment.
This is the gold standard of opioid addiction treatment, with research showing that it can reduce the all-cause mortality rate among addiction patients by half or more. But it remains inaccessible; only 10 percent of conventional drug treatment facilities in the US provide medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder, according to the commission. The report wants this treatment greatly expanded, from health care settings in prison to traditional drug treatment facilities.
There's a lot more recommendations but the first two on the list seemed like the big deal ones to me. Who knew that Medicaid dollars could not be used for "mental diseases" by law?
They don't mention how much all of this would cost though. Any chance the government will actually act on these recommendations?
And here is the full report in PDF form:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whiteh ... report.pdf