Combating the opioid crisis is one of the top priorities President Trump and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D. have identified for the Department. On June 19, Secretary Price hosted two listening sessions with stakeholders to gather recommendations for ways to address the opioid epidemic. Many of those on the front lines, including representatives of faith-based organizations, from across the country told their stories around the most effective methods of treating substance abuse. Participants of the meetings explained their frustrations regarding treatment resources and identified the urgent need to coordinate amongst all stakeholders to fight opioid addiction. Many individual participants encouraged the Secretary to increase the number of trained providers who are able to treat opioid-use disorder and to allocate resources to those programs that are proven to help those in the most need. Secretary Price listened to the group’s suggestions and explained that HHS is in a receiving mode, looking for innovative recommendations on how best help local communities beat back the epidemic.
SCRIPTURE: Jude 1:23.
PRAY: The opioid epidemic is stopped.
ACTION: Go to the Salt & Light table. Write a postcard: “Dear Sec. Price, I support your wise decision to include faith-based partners in the strategy to end the opioid epidemic.” HHS Sec. Tom Price, Hubert H. Humphrey Building,200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201.