Drug makers have agreed to manufacture pain medications that would be non-addictive, apart from coming up with additional treatment methods to address opioid addiction. Opioid pain relievers prescribed to arrest pain, could result in the patient getting addicted to them. The number of prescriptions for opioids in the United States have increased dramatically, which, in turn, has fueled the opioid epidemic in the nation.
Random and indiscriminate prescribing of opioids has worsened the situation in the country. Opioids remain the single most method of handling pain in patients. Therefore, pain relievers without an addictive aspect can be a great respite in thwarting opioid addiction in the country.
Hence, it is a great news from the Republican governor who made the announcement on Monday in Trenton after addressing a meeting of the White House Opioid Commission of which he is the chairperson.
“Today’s roundtable went a long way to further discussions about public-private partnership opportunities,” said Christie in a news conference held on the topic. The others who attended the news conference were White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins and pharmaceutical executive Stephen Ubl.
The new partnership between federal stakeholders like the National Institutes of Health and the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture opioid painkillers can bring about a sea change to the conundrum. In July, the Opioid Commission had made certain recommendations in an interim report sent to President Donald Trump. The agreement with pharmaceutical companies was part of the recommendations by the Commission.
There is no timeline affixed for when these medications will hit the market, said Christie. It is not only the federal entities who are keen on bringing out these addiction-free opioids, but even the pharmaceutical companies ardently supported such a call by the Opioid Commission. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) also supported the commission’s interim report, said its president Ubl.
The best part about the Opioid Commission is that it is bipartisan and all members are equally committed to the cause of squashing the opioid mayhem in the country. The fight against the opioid epidemic has gathered steam after the president declared it as a national emergency in August 2017. Enough funding would flow into the war against opioid overdose and deaths in the U.S. All states would receive sufficient funds to push for programs against opioid abuse, helping millions of people struggling with opioid addiction.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 44 people die every day in the U.S. due to prescription painkiller overdose. In addition, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 2014, Americans involved in a non-medical use of prescription painkillers in the last month reached up to 4.3 million. These are scary numbers representing the current situation in the country. If not addressed at the earliest, it would definitely spell doom.
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