In November, the National Institutes of Health announced the creation of the opioid task force.
The task force, chaired by Dr. Thomas Frieden, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tasked doctors, nurses and other health workers with researching the potential for opioids to be abused and abused by patients, and working with other organizations to educate the public.
The group also established a new federal advisory board, chaired with Dr. Frieden.
But the task force didn’t include a specific plan to address the opioid crisis, nor did it address the broader opioid epidemic.
The Trump administration has not released any new plans to address this epidemic.
This lack of action, experts say, is a direct result of the lack of communication from the federal government, and a lack of awareness of the scope of the epidemic.
“It’s a failure of leadership on the part of the administration and a failure to get involved with these communities,” said Dr. Jeffrey Zients, an infectious diseases physician at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
“They don’t have the resources or the knowledge to respond to this crisis effectively.”
While the task group’s initial report didn’t mention opioids specifically, Dr. Zients said that when it was released, it included a reference to an opioid-related emergency that was a major focus.
The new report does not provide details on exactly what happened that day, or what actions were taken to address it, nor does it specifically address the scope and scope of this opioid epidemic, but it does make recommendations on what needs to be done to reduce opioid misuse.
A review of the report’s recommendations is being undertaken by the Centers of Disease Control, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers to Reduce Opioid Use and Overdose Prevention and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, as well as the Office on Violence Against Women, the Department of Justice, the CDC, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
As a result, experts said, there is no way to know whether the task team’s recommendations have had a meaningful impact on the opioid epidemic in the United States.
“This report is going to be a failure,” said David Krumholz, director of policy and research for the Harm Reduction Coalition, an advocacy group.
“There are a lot of gaps and questions.
There are no concrete actions that have been taken.
There is no plan to help the opioid community.”
A review by CNN of the task forces findings showed that there were no specific steps that were taken by the task groups to reduce the opioid abuse epidemic in general, and that there was no clear strategy to tackle the opioid addiction epidemic in particular.
“I would say this task force report was a failure, as a whole,” Dr. Krumhofer said.
“The only thing that we’re seeing is that the CDC is focusing on opioids, but the federal advisory boards are focused on opioids.
So, that’s why the task is failing.”
A report by the Task Force on Ensuring that Health Care Workers Protecting the Public from Health and Safety Is an Act of Congress The task forces report also found that many health professionals were unaware of the existence of the issue of opioid abuse.
“Although many healthcare professionals had some awareness of opioid use, the vast majority of them were not prepared for the magnitude of the problem and the lack, or unwillingness to seek, the help they needed,” the report stated.
“Many health care professionals were not equipped to deal with the epidemic and the opioid-use epidemic in their practices.”
In addition, the report found that there are no policies in place to identify and address the misuse of opioids by healthcare professionals, and in some instances, the misuse can be worse than that of patients.
“If we don’t do anything to stop this epidemic, there will be more deaths and the number of opioid-users will go up,” Dr Zients added.
The opioid epidemic is also affecting people in rural areas, who rely on healthcare providers to treat their pain.
“In rural areas that have a shortage of health care workers, they have a higher risk of dying, because the opioids can be a very dangerous drug,” Dr Krumholm said.
He added that this can cause people to go into withdrawal and become dependent on opioids to relieve their pain, leading to other types of addictions, including the use of other prescription painkillers.
“A lot of rural counties in Appalachia and West Virginia are struggling to find healthcare workers, and they are using heroin, or cocaine,” Dr Shaver said.
She added that she believes the opioid overdose epidemic has caused rural communities to become more isolated.
“That’s a good thing, because then we can get healthcare workers there to help these people,” Dr Meehan said.
As the opioid epidemics become more prevalent, Dr Shaker said, the opioid use