What We’re Seeking:
On October 26, 2017, President Trump directed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency. The emergency declaration included a call for increased use of telemedicine to allow doctors to remotely treat patients who live in rural or hard-to-reach areas, a policy change that would require action by the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Months later, public reports suggest that little action has been taken to address the opioid crisis and no policies have been implemented in order to ease barriers to substance abuse treatment by telemedicine.
This apparent inaction comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported record increases in deaths involving opioids. American Oversight has opened an investigation to find out what steps, if any, the Trump administration has taken to address this issue.