Tyler Act: Provide Those Suffering With Addiction A REAL CHANCE for recovery
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The Affordable Care Act must be amended to provide for a minimum of Ninety (90) days inpatient drug or alcohol treatment and mental health treatment up to at very least One Hundred Eighty (180) days per year at a facility certified to provide such care in every state.
On March 24th 2017, my 25-year-old son Tyler, died following many long years battling opioid and heroin addiction. He had gone through countless unsuccessful short term treatment programs, each lasting less than 30 days, which was all that insurance would pay for.
For most people, this is simply not enough time to recover from the psychological impact that addictive drugs have on the body and mind. Let alone to restore the life skills that help keep a person from relapsing.
Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, outnumbering traffic fatalities and gun homicides.
Each year it gets worse.
The death count is the latest consequence of an escalating public health crisis: opioid addiction, now made more deadly by an influx of illicitly manufactured fentanyl and similar drugs.
Drug overdose deaths in 2016 most likely exceeded 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States, per preliminary data compiled by The New York Times. All evidence suggests the problem has continued to worsen in 2017. The United States accounts for approximately one quarter of the estimated number of drug-related deaths worldwide, including overdose deaths, which continue to rise. Mostly driven by opioids, overdose deaths in the United States more than tripled during the period 1999-2015, from 16,849 to 52,404 annually.
Source: The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) ‘2017 World Drug Report
Effective inpatient treatment leads to long term sobriety and fewer relapses. Ninety (90) day residential drug rehab is the suggested minimum length of time for effective treatment. Evidence gathered from post discharge patient interviews suggests that long-term treatment at a drug rehab facility can decrease the risk of drug addiction relapse by up to 73%. That can mean the difference between addiction and recovery—or even life and death.
In addition to the severe negative impact it takes on the people affected, substance abuse costs the U.S. economy over $600 billion each year. Effective treatment can dramatically reduce these costs. Per several conservative estimates, every dollar invested in addiction treatment programs yields a return of between $4 and $7 in reduced drug-related crime, criminal justice costs, and theft. When savings related to healthcare are included, total savings can exceed costs by a ratio of 12 to 1. Major savings to the individual and to society also stem from fewer interpersonal conflicts; greater workplace productivity; and fewer drug-related accidents, including overdose.
Tell your U.S. Senators and representatives:
The Affordable Care Act must be amended to provide for a minimum of Ninety (90) days inpatient drug or alcohol treatment and/or mental health treatment up to at least One Hundred Eighty (180) or more per year at a facility certified to provide such care.
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