Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail shared her thoughts on what she thought the education part of President Donald Trump’s plan to combat the opioid epidemic should look like.
Vail said the opioid crisis in Ingham County is no different than across the country, and that there is at least one opioid-related death per week. She said one of the keys to stopping the problem is ending the stigma of addiction.
President Trump’s plan calls for expanding treatment, as well as nationwide educational campaign and advertising campaign. Details of what that plan would look like have not been release.
Vail said while she likes the idea of an ad campaign, they only go so far. She told 6 News people need to realize addiction is a disease, as well as that patients need accurate information from their doctors. She also said education needs to start at a young age.
“We need to be in our schools talking to our kids. We need better patient education with providers,” Vail said. “We need education really just about expectations around pain as well as what narcotics are and how they work.”
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