Biden wants to make opioid antidote as widely available as ventilators, drug official says


XENIA — Two critical pieces in the fight against the opioid epidemic are to increase government spending to expand treatment for the drug addicted and accelerate efforts to disrupt the networks that traffic and distribute the drugs, a Biden administration official said Thursday evening.

“For far too long, too many Americans have died from the opioid crisis, Dr. Rahul Gupta, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy said in an interview with News Center 7′s Brandon Lewis.

“For five months in a row, we are seeing a decrease in drug overdose deaths and poisonings, Gupta said. But at the same time, he continued, these [deaths and poisonings] remain unacceptably high.”