According to the Opioid Crisis Response Act pdf (2018), The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 is legislation that is intended to direct and coordinate funds to federal agencies with an aim of establishing or expanding programs and interventions concerned with the prevention, treatment as well as recovery.
Greeting to you all! Who has ever heard about a ten to one rule? This rule implies that it takes ten good things to be said about something to equal one bad. Though it is about time that a negative perspective or criticism is given about a certain situation or phenomenon, it is important to prepare and make strategic efforts in protecting your reputation. I have faith in this philosophy that I think it should be applied to the opioid crisis. The opioid crisis has been a major concern for Virginia. A number of efforts have been made to mitigate the situation and one of the major mitigation strategies is the implementation of The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018. However, this policy is still facing some challenges when it comes to funding. Therefore this speech focuses on the opioid crisis in Virginia. First, I will give discuss The Opioid Crisis Response Act including the current situation and second I am going to discuss ways to raise funds for the opioid crisis in Virginia that will help in promoting and selling the policy idea. I have some ideas for funding resources as well as funding strategies that will be helpful to this policy.
According to the Opioid Crisis Response Act pdf (2018), The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 is legislation that is intended to direct and coordinate funds to federal agencies with an aim of establishing or expanding programs and interventions concerned with the prevention, treatment as well as recovery. Moreover, this legislation is tasked to support and foster the National Institutes of Health Research, sponsor Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, and also sponsor and support studies on the efficiency of prescription limits and grants for some drug take-take initiatives. This legislation will improve the capacity of federal agencies in addressing the drug crisis in the country as well as strengthening families also the entire society at large not only in Virginia but also countrywide. Additionally, according to the Opioid Crisis Response Act pdf (2018), this legislation aims at expanding supportive services to patients in achieving long-term recovery, educate doctors further, and as well expand and promoting technology use in the treatment of substance use disorder patients. However, this legislation is facing a shortage of funds to ensure that all these interventions and support are met. To achieve all of these and for this legislation to be effective, more funding resources need to identify and raise enough funds to run and sustain this program.
There are various ways that Virginia State can raise funds for this policy in order to put the opioid crisis to an end. One of the ways that Virginia State can raise funds is through bonds paid by drug offenders in a court of law. According to Califf, Woodcock, & Ostroff (2016), such money that is paid by drug offenders in the court of law as bonds should be organized, separated and directed to be used specifically for running this legislation. Actually, there are a lot of drug-related cases in courts and the state should consider using the money in funding this legislation so as to effectively fight the prevailing drug crisis within the state. The state government should also consider investing heavily within the state. Therefore, the government will be able to earn more dividends and profits which it can allocate to fund this legislation. For the existing government investments, the government should consider taking into consideration this legislation by including it in its annual budget.
Encouraging and seeking donor aid as well as grants from non-governmental organizations that are concerned about the opioid crisis and other drug abuse issues. According to Califf, Woodcock, & Ostroff (2016), financial aid should be sought from donor aid such as the World Bank or other countries so as to be able to make this legislation effective. Financial aid from donors is important in raising revenue to jumpstart the legislation. Securing financial funds from these donors will enable this policy to effectively function and execute its mandates. According to Califf, Woodcock, & Ostroff (2016) apart from getting donor aid, the government can borrow some money to run this legislation. This is important legislation that is intended to solve the prevalent opioid crisis and help save lives for many people; therefore this makes it worth investing in. Securing a loan is essentially in jumpstarting the legislation as it will enable it to meet its needs.
According to Flower (2012), another fundraising strategy that the government should venture in is considering selling some of the unused or ineffective government assets like old houses, and old vehicles as well as its stake in different companies as well as parastatals. This will enable the government to get rid of assets that are not useful in order to fund this important legislation. Additionally, the government should consider taking up escheats, the unclaimed property belonging to deceased people, sell them and use the money in funding this legislation.
In conclusion, the above-mentioned ways to raise funds for The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 in order to effectively manage the opioid crisis in Virginia are essential. These methods of raising funds are effective and will enable this legislation to thrive and be effective. Remember that human life is important and therefore, this legislation is important and needs to be funded for it to effectively save people’s lives, especially those who have developed drug use disorder. All in all, I beg to end at this point, thank you for your time.