Pills kill more than all other illegal drugs in America – Desperate need for Drug Rehab Programs
As prescription drug abuse continues to rise in America, everyone is scrambling to figure out a solution for to provide a stable drug rehab program. The problem is boiled down to this…too many people are getting their hands on prescription drugs, with or without a prescription. As a result, these pills are taken in high quantities, mixed with other drugs and alcohol, and can cause addiction, severe brain damage, comas and all too often, death. Prescription pills are currently more deadly than all other illegal drugs combined. This includes cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, meth… and the list goes on. This poses the question…
Who should be held financially responsible for drug rehab programs?
Since we know that prescription pills are the main culprit for drug related death in America, the question then becomes:
Who should be held financially responsible for the cost of a drug rehab program to get these addicted individuals clean and sober?”
This question is a driving factor behind The Jennifer Act movement. The answer to this question can vary widely depending on who is asked. Seeing the current state of our nation’s economy, it is understandable to make sure the financial burden for a drug rehab program doesn’t fall on the state. So then, who is responsible for recovery? In Kentucky, the addict and their family is held responsible for repaying the cost of rehab. The state’s main role is to make sure there is a drug treatment center for them to go to. Once the individual is done with the addiction treatment, they are required to pay back the cost, and the family is held responsible also. In Florida, the state pays the cost for the drug rehab program, but it’s usually only a 3 day stay for the addicts – not enough time to put a dent in the person’s addiction and rehabiliation.
Insight from our online petition – Big Pharma Should Cover Costs of Drug Rehab Programs
We’ve received a very insightful post on The Jennifer Act online petition requesting that the pharmaceutical companies pay for the drug rehab program cost. This is very interesting and sparked some thought. Because big pharma is the one pushing these pills all over America, you know they understand a majority of these drugs are going to drug addicts and NOT to people who genuinely need them. Seeing that they must be aware of this drug addiction and they take no steps to correct course, in my opinion, it is a viable option to have big pharmaceuticals companies foot the bills for a long term drug rehab program. Or at the very least, contribute in some way to the cost of detox that usually falls on the state or the addict’s family. A tax of this magnitude would take a federal level intervention, but it would certainly be enough to offset at least some of the damage they are causing. There is no way to bring those back a loved one who died from pills, but there is hope to prevent it from happening again in the future. That is what The Jennifer Act stands for. Please give you insight into who should pay for a state mandated drug rehab program and how to get get a law of this proportion enacted.