Analysis of Trump Administration's Approach to US Opioid Epidemic

Erin Peck and Dr. Margaret Eggers, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Montana State University, P.O. Box 173148 Bozeman, MT 59717-3148

This research compares data regarding opioid abuse and public health emergencies to the approach to the opioid epidemic taken by the current United States presidential administration. From 1999 to 2017, overdose deaths caused by opioids rose by almost 600% in the United States. In response to this trend, President Donald Trump directed for a national state of public health emergency to be declared in late 2017. This classification showed promise for change regarding the escalating opioid epidemic. However, it remains crucial to analyze the administration’s approach to the issue holistically. To do this, information was collected through a comprehensive literature review on previous approaches to public health crises and an analysis of global health data on opioid use. While Trump has done more to address the public health crisis than previous presidents, misdirected statements and approaches to the issue continue to incorrectly convey the root of the issue and potential solutions. By identifying the strong and weak points of the Trump Administration’s approach to one of the deadliest public health crises in recent American history, it is possible to initiate a change at the citizen-level and direct improvements in American health from the bottom up. With nearly 50,000 deaths due to opioid use occurring in 2017, a rate 3.5 times higher than most other high-income countries, there is a clear call for change at the national level in order to save hundreds of thousands of lives in the coming years.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Erin Peck

Institution: Montana State University Bozeman

Type: Poster

Subject: Global Health

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 7
Date/Time: Tue 3:30pm-4:30pm
Session Number: 5081