HHS awards $94 million to health centers to help treat the prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic in America

In this post, I am addressing opioid addiction even though the article addresses heroin addiction as well.

Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $94 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 271 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to improve and expand the delivery of substance abuse services in health centers, with a specific focus on treatment of opioid use disorders in under-served populations.

Source: HHS awards $94 million to health centers to help treat the prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic in America

In my opinion, this may well be a waste of much of this money.  What kind of oversight will there be?

This $94 million investment is expected to help awardees hire approximately 800 providers to treat nearly 124,000 new patients.

124,000 new patients is just a drop in the bucket of the amount of opioid addicts, thanks to Big Pharma and the indiscriminate prescribing by doctors.  This lovely bundle of cash will result in lots of nepotism and greed; it’s almost guaranteed.

Medical marijuana is the answer, in my opinion, for pain relief.  It pummels my brain to see opioid addiction resulting from the “pill-pushing” medical community, and marijuana is still a Schedule 1 inhabitant.

Another huge waste of taxpayers’ money.  I pray that I’m wrong with this assumption because there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people who are addicted due to the easy way out by the doctors who supposedly were “helping” their patients.

 

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