The White Home is happy to have “stabilized” the variety of overdoses in the US – TVA Nouvelles

The White Home on Thursday introduced greater than $450 million in extra funding to assist deal with the US’ overdose disaster, welcoming the truth that the variety of overdoses within the nation has stabilized for simply over a yr, although it stays at file ranges.

America continues to see a dramatic variety of overdoses: round 110,000 in a yr between March 2022 and 2023, in response to well being authorities.

However “overdoses have stabilized in 2022, after a pointy spike from 2019-2021, and it exhibits that our efforts are paying off,” Rahul Gupta, director of the Bureau of Counternarcotics, stated at a White Home information briefing.

Nevertheless, he acknowledged that this stabilization doesn’t have an effect on deaths associated to fentanyl, a robust artificial opioid that has flooded the drug market in the US and is the main contributor to overdoses within the nation.

“Fentanyl-related overdoses proceed to rise as the availability is deadlier, however overdose deaths from different substances are declining or secure,” he stated.

The brand new funds introduced on Thursday are meant, particularly, to enhance prevention and entry to therapy.

Round $80 million will probably be spent on tackling opioids in rural areas, together with enhancing entry to naloxone, an antidote that may revive an individual after an opioid (akin to fentanyl) overdose.

Within the spring, the US Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the over-the-counter sale of naloxone within the type of a nasal spray recognized by the model title Narcan for the primary time. Then in July it authorized free gross sales of a generic drug.

This week, Emergent BioSolutions, makers of Narcan, introduced that the primary over-the-counter packs will probably be accessible in US pharmacies, supermarkets and on-line starting in September, priced at $44.99 (every pack incorporates two doses).

Households of overdose victims are obtained on the White Home on Thursday, Worldwide Overdose Consciousness Day, within the presence of Doug Emhoff, husband of US Vice President Kamala Harris.

“My administration will proceed to make sure our nation has the sources we have to combat the overdose epidemic,” President Joe Biden stated on X (previously Twitter) on Thursday.