National Governors Association Addresses Opioid Addiction Among Top Concerns

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Bill Walker was in Washington D.C. over the weekend for the annual National Governors Association where states take a national look at the challenges they face. President Obama also says there should be no-brainer bi-partison solutions to threats of local and national security… Over the last year, Alaska has seen a dramatic increase in heroin and meth addiction, impacting every area of the state through property crimes, thefts, violence, and drug trafficking. President Obama: “If we go to the doctor’s right now and say don’t over-prescribe without providing some mechanisms for people in these communities to deal with the pain that they have or the issues that they have, then we’re not going to solve the problem.” The President issued executive actions regarding gun sales on January 5 as a way to combat gun violence, reportedly closing a loophole that allowed some people to purchase guns without a background check. President Obama addressed the governors at the White House today saying there’s bipartisan support in the U.S. Congress to tackle the rising drug addiction problem, but there needs to be an integrated cure. Over the weekend, governors discussed proposals to limit the amount of opioid painkillers that can be given to patients as their first prescription as a way to limit access to the addictive drugs. President Obama: “Fighting terrorism and gun violence, combating cyberattacks and cyberthreats, guarding against the outbreak of disease: these are some areas where there shouldn’t be any dispute.” The National Governors Association winter meeting began last Friday and ended today.last_img

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