(National Sentinel) Epidemic: The Trump administration has come to an agreement with the pharmaceutical industry to dramatically limit the amount of prescription opioids that are available on the market, a huge first step in reining in the current opioid epidemic which is killing so many people local medical examiners can’t keep up.

As reported by CBS News:

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie held the third formal meeting of President Trump’s ongoing Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and Opioid Crisis, where officials in the pharmaceutical industry and government detailed new partnerships and efforts in the hopes of limiting the use of opioid prescriptions for combatting pain and recommending new treatments for pain management without the use of addictive substances.  

National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins advised the commission that the agency is looking to build partnerships with researchers across academia, government, prescribers and patients to “cut in half the time needed to make available prescriptions that are non-addictive.” 

He said areas like developing “potent but non-addictive drugs” for pain relief and offering new avenues for treatment would become a top priority for the partnership. 

Collins noted that similar efforts have been taken on by NIH with regard to both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease and said the body “can do the same with opioids.”

Another major step: PhRMA CEO Stephen J. Ubl announced that the company will begin supporting limits on the supply of opioids to 7 days rather than the traditional 30-day supply for short-term pain management and minor injuries.

“Over-prescribing can lead to excess pills falling into the wrong hands,” said Ubl. He added, “given scope of this crisis, we believe it’s the right thing to do,” adding that it is a a “candidly an unprecedented step for the industry.”

Christie praised the move, noting that it is a “prevention measure as much as anything else to make sure we don’t turn people into addicts inadvertently.”

“The fact the pharmaceutical industry is admitting this, is an important first step to limit the amount of these drugs that are out there that can be used inappropriately,” he said.

In some parts of the country, opioid overdoses are killing so many people that local medical examiners cannot process of the bodies in a timely, effective manner.

As reported by the U.K.’s Daily Mail, the seemingly uncontrollable rise in opioid addiction is taxing the services of local medical examiners to the point that they are being forced to neglect people who are thought to have died from an overdose by providing only a basic autopsy that reveals just a minimal amount of information about their deaths.

Hopefully, these new steps by the Trump administration will begin to decrease the numbers of opioid-related deaths.

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