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We’ve got to make sure that these life-saving medications, as well as treatment, is accessible across no matter where you live, rural or urban, rich or poor.
Both the types of drugs have changed – from predominantly organic to predominantly synthetics – but the way drugs are bought and sold have also changed.
We need to recognize, first of all, that there is a shift that is occurring from organic compounds and substances like heroin and cocaine to more synthetics, both the types of drugs have changed – from predominantly organic to predominantly synthetics – but the way drugs are bought and sold have also changed.
Xylazine is one of the contaminants in fentanyl, but there could be others, so, I think with the declaration of an emerging threat, we’re sending a clear message to producers and traffickers of illicit xylazine and illicit fentanyl that we’re going to respond quicker, we’re going to match the challenge of evolution of these drugs supply, and that we’re going to protect lives first and foremost.
This drug, which is an animal sedative, is being mixed with fentanyl and is being found in almost all 50 states now, it’s become an important part for us to make sure that we’re declaring it an emerging threat.
I strongly believe that prevention efforts, especially for children and youth, is the best return on investment we can make as a nation, drug-Free Communities grants are ones that go directly from the White House to local communities, which allows us then to leverage taxpayer funds directly into impact youth prevention.
We have to have the ability for communities to use evidence-based models to customize solutions for themselves. And that's exactly what this grant supports.
This is a top priority, with a sense of urgency to address the abuse crisis, but it starts with prevention and prevention is the best return on investment when you look at it. And getting money directly to communities is so vital to make sure that [prevention programs] are working and they're working effectively.
It is an evolving process because now we're seeing these pills, counterfeit drugs that are often being marketed through social media to impact youth, and the fact is…if you're attempting to obtain drugs anywhere other than prescription drugs through a legitimate pharmacy, two out of five chances are there that they will have fentanyl, often a lethal dose in it.
They allow 12 sectors of the community to come together first to figure out what's what is the challenge in that particular community, so it's a very customizable grant, so those 12 sectors include law enforcement, business, faith-based, nonprofits, medical, public health, education, and so many others. So these different sectors come together and see what their local challenge is. And they look at the top three things that are challenges in that community, and then they address those things.
We know from evaluations that we've done, because there's a strong evaluation component, that when this work is happening in those 700 communities across the country, the rates of substance use in youth like tobacco, drugs, marijuana and others goes down as compared to those that don't have these programs in their communities, this is a top priority, with a sense of urgency to address the abuse crisis, but it starts with prevention and prevention is the best return on investment when you look at it. And getting money directly to communities is so vital to make sure that [prevention programs] are working and they're working effectively.
What's driving this transition by opening this Pandora's Box, because now it’s basically a matter of chemistry, and you can create a number of compounds, is ultimately profits, the profits of transnational criminal organizations is what is driving both the shift, but also this innovation.
This new action makes it more difficult for drug traffickers to obtain and use these chemicals for illicit purposes. It will also help disrupt synthetic drug trafficking that not only leads to deaths caused by overdose, but also corruption, drug-related violence and insecurity.
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A lot of the fentanyl now, it's easily transportable, it's deadly in nature. And it's across in all communities. And that's what becomes the challenge.
What that means is that a good majority of these( overdoses) are preventable in nature.
As an evidence-based physician that has spent his career dealing with science and moving data around, we just do not have that evidence.
This problem doesn't start or end at the border, it ends, unfortunately, in the emergency room.
I started to ask my other colleagues around about what's going on and they agree that there's more demand for family planning services like oral contraceptives, for most of my patients, they were really, really busy and they were fearful of becoming pregnant.
For example, the fear factor could be addressed with a robust plan and call to action that prevents a second wave of Covid infections this fall. On the other hand, if you do get several waves like we saw in 1918, the situation could be even worse.
As I see my patients, I see more and more demands on family planning and contraceptives and other things, coupled with the economic forces and people losing their jobs.
Basically, the bottom line is this : when there's a storm warning, there's some data that suggests that the rate of pregnancies increase, but actually when destruction happens, like a tsunami, then actually your births go down, so there's a difference in what the impact on society is of any natural calamity or a pandemic -- and the forecast suggests that this is much more serious than a tropical storm. It's a tsunami.
Some of these estimates are also dependent on what happens next, for example, the fear factor could be addressed with a robust plan and call to action that prevents a second wave of Covid infections this fall. On the other hand, if you do get several waves like we saw in 1918, the situation could be even worse.
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