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Drug abuse is a prominent issue in the United States today. The issue is being dealt with poorly, making it easy for people access drugs, and hard for them to quit them. Addicts need the same care that a person with depression needs. Addicts will find ways to get what they desire as long as they are not on the road to recovery. This spreads more addiction in the jails, and only increases the problem for our country. The solution is to start them on the road to recovery. Another change the party plans to make is decreasing the availability of opioids in medical settings. Many addictions stem from hospital stays, this must end. Patients will be weaned off of strong drugs in the hospital and patients to whom they are absolutely necessary will be monitored closely until they no longer need them. Unnecessary drug dependency will decrease if you, the voters, allow the Public Health Party to help.

The use of illegal drugs has been a steadily increasing problem for many years. The government has implemented certain programs to try to battle it, such as the war on drugs, but it is not making progress. According to the NIH, “Illicit drug use in the United States has been increasing. In 2013, an estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older—9.4 percent of the population—had used an illicit drug in the past month  (Drug Abuse).” To attempt a reduction in illicit drug use, the Public Health partyy plans to reduce criminal charges for possession and use of illicit drugs if no lives were put in danger, and those caught will be immediately put in in-patient rehabilitation. With the reduction of punishment, people will be more prone to get help. Also if a person is suspicious of another for abusing drugs they will be able to contact a rehabilitation clinic without worrying about any backlash.

Those who need treatment are not getting it. Our people need to know that they can begin a new, clean life as soon as they make the decision to get started. Rehabilitation will be advertised more heavily, so that the people of our nation can be made aware that help is available.

There continues to be a large “treatment gap” in this country. In 2013, an estimated 22.7 million Americans (8.6 percent) needed treatment for a problem related to drugs or alcohol, but only about 2.5 million people (0.9 percent) received treatment at a specialty facility (Drug Abuse).

Another factor we plan to add in order the help addicts is more funding to it illicit drug treatment clinics. A large sum of money is put towards conquering addiction every year, but the majority of it is funneled into alcohol addiction. Illicit drug addiction is often swept under the rug, it is embarrassing and awful, but under the Public Health party addiction will be seen for what it is.

Addiction, according to The National Institute of Health, “is a chronic disease characterized by drug seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences.” The sooner people start viewing addiction as a disease rather than a weakness, and an embarrassment, the sooner we can increase our ability to reach out and change lives. The  real story behind addicts is a broken person, a person that needs a little push in the right direction, they are not bad, just hurt.

One of America’s largest issues is that drug abuse often begins before the abuser is mature enough to understand the consequences. In middle school we are taught that drugs are bad, but much of the information we are ged is false, or over exaggerated, making it much worse when people do try drugs and the effects do not take effect right away. They believe everything they were taught was a lie, and soon they are addicted and it is too late to quit easily.  The National Institute of Health formed a study to see what ages were most likely to use illegal drugs. The information they gathered showed that, “Drug use is highest among people in their late teens and twenties. In 2013, 22.6 percent of 18- to 20-year-olds reported using an illicit drug in the past month (Drug Abuse).”

After marijuana prescription pills are the next highest abused illicit drug. Since these drugs are made and distributed by the government it will be our motive to put a tighter grip on prescriptions, especially highly addictive medications like opioids. When patients enter health facilities for care, they will not receive highly addictive pills without a plan to get them off. A specific number will be administered and when they are gone and the need for them is gone the pills will be gone too.

Prescription drugs are abused at high rates. NSUDH reports that the most common types of psychotherapeutic drugs abused in 2013 were pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives in that order. Pain relievers are the most common cause of a substance use disorder among prescription drugs  (American Addiction Centers).

This is not only a problem in adults. In fact it is affecting the children of our nation as well. Children are getting addicted to pain medications, administered in hospitals, because the regulations have been slack and careless. This will no longer stand. To end addiction we need to hit it where it starts, one of the largest places being hospitals.  “ASAM publishes that “over 2 million Americans over the age of 11 struggled with an opioid pain reliever abuse disorder in 2014 (American Addiction Centers).”

The Public Health Party genuinely desires an end to drug abuse and addiction. We believe it is not something to be ashamed of, but to be celebrated in its ending. The United States government has done its people a great injustice by allowing prescription pills to become such an epidemic, but it is not too late to correct the mistakes made. If you vote for my party your loved ones, and maybe even you will have a chance at a clean life.