Five hundred thousand Americans have died from opioid addiction in the last 15 years According the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The amount of deaths is four times that of the previous fifteen years. This an American crisis of addiction to opioids and the problem is only getting worse. Because of this increase in use of opioids the issue has made it’s way into the forefront of American policy.
Meanwhile, with the growing number of addicts, the availability of resources for recovery become less attainable and more costly. This creates a new financial dilemma that is hanging over the heads of the addicts in our communities and puts pressure onto the policy makers in government.
Lack of Coverage
The severity of these issues then brings into question the Trump Era’s health care policies and his team’s ability to confront this epidemic. The forecast is grim considering this new administration’s policy towards the healthcare of Americans. There is a substantial lack of coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and many addicts will fall into this category.
The new policy has yet to be made into law as it still needs senate approval. Addicts most likely will fall under pre-existing condition clauses and will not be afforded the addiction recovery resources as was seen under Obamacare. Treatment for this epidemic will dwindle leaving tens of thousands of American opioid dependent people untreated and the death toll will continue to go up.
Donald Trump has acknowledged America’s problem with opioids and hired New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie to lead a commission on the opioid problem in the US. However this appointment does very little to ease the concerns of the medical community.
How the insurers will approach the new system of healthcare is the big question. It is important to have a clear understanding of the actual monetary costs required for the the treatment of opioid addiction.
Estimated Cost for Treatment 2017
- Methadone $600 to $800 annually
- Buorenorphine $400 to $600 annually
- Vivitrol $1000 monthly