Local addiction recovery specialists think Trump hit and missed with his opioid plan

Local drug addiction experts say Trump hit and missed the mark on recent opioid plan. (Photo Credit: Drew Moore/WEYI)

A report from the Center for Disease Control says 64,000 people died of an opioid-related overdose in the United States in 2016.

The number of deaths have quadrupled since 1999.

Serenity House of Flint Executive Director Tara Moreno watches the devastation first hand.

Her organization partners with other drug addiction rehabilitation programs in Genesee County to help people kick the habit.

Moreno is a recovering addict with ten years of sobriety under her belt.

She believes that instituting a death penalty to drug dealers is missing the mark.

“You can’t kill or incarcerate yourself out of this problem. It’s way beyond that. It really has very little to do with drug dealers. The drug dealers are the doctors and big pharma. That’s who needs to be held accountable,” Moreno says.

Trump’s plan will include enhancing the Department of Justice’s ability to file lawsuits against the big drug makers.

As well as provide more money for drug education and treatment.

While Moreno says that extra money is needed, treatment should be expanded to include more holistic options.

“If we don’t start putting more money into these programs like treatment, and prevention, the problem is just going to grow and get worse,” Moreno says.

The price tag for the plan could be as much as $6 Billion.

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