Police Chief: We Can Fight Opioid Abuse with Medicaid
We can fight opioid abuse by expanding Medicaid: this opinion piece by a small-town North Carolina chief of police underscores the role that Medicaid expansion plays in helping to fight the opioid use epidemic.
"Coming face-to-face with this epidemic has shown me opioid use disorders can ensnare anyone. It is happening right here in our communities to families from all walks of life. Most people with opioid use disorders want badly to escape their substance use disorder, but breaking the bonds of opioid use disorder usually requires not only remarkable grit and resolve but also professional treatment...."
"After Vice President Mike Pence [expanded Medicaid] when he was governor of Indiana, his Department of Health said, 'A lack of health insurance was one of the first barriers to testing and treatment...[health insurance coverage] helped address that gap and opened door to medical care and treatment that have been life-changing.' "