The Opioid Epidemic
I support Elijah Cummings’ bill to fight the opioid epidemic. Every single nurse is now a mental health and opioid/addictions interventionalist. The federal cuts to nurse education and reinvestment money limit the success of nurses identifying and intervening in opioid addiction. I can only imagine how funding cuts have affected addictions counselors, social workers, doctors, pharmacists, and other mental health professionals. $100billion probably only replaces the money cut from these professionals over the past several years. We must be more proactive. Reactive is less effective and costs considerably more; up to and including human lives.