Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
LANSING, Mich. – Lt. Gov. Brian Calley issued the following statement after President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency:
“The opioid epidemic is tragically cutting short the lives of Americans in every community and every zip code in our nation. Bold action is needed now and I applaud President Trump for declaring this epidemic a nationwide public health emergency today. This problem is only getting worse and we need to improve how we treat addiction and prevent it from occurring in the first place. Governor Snyder and I have a great team in Michigan working to curb the opioid epidemic and we are committed to working with President Trump and his administration to give Americans more second chances and fewer funerals.”
The Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force, led by Calley, issued its action plan to fight the crisis in Michigan exactly two years ago. Action since then has included replacing the Michigan Automated Prescription System, expanding Good Samaritan laws to encourage people to report overdoses without fear of being arrested, increasing the number of prescription drug drop off bins, expanding the availability of Medication Assisted Treatment and implementing innovative recovery programs. Michigan pharmacies also have a standing order for naloxone, making the overdose antidote more readily available to eligible individuals.