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Rising healthcare costs have plagued this nation for decades, and despite the upcoming Affordable Care Act being put into motion, many health care services are out of reach for a lot of people while their insurance premiums also continue to rise. Such can be the case for people in need of rehabilitation for substance abuse issues if they don’t have immediate access to funds or behavioral health coverage in their policies.
What if companies who profit from others’ addictions put money into a fund to help treat those who suffer?
That is exactly what is happening in Ohio, but with gambling addiction. According to reports, the Ohio Casino Control Commission is expected to set aside nearlly $5 for the department of mental health and addiction services.
This sounds like a great idea and more states that have legalized gambling should consider doing this, but it shouldn’t stop there. What if extra taxes were placed on cigarettes for future emphysema and lung cancer treatments, or on alcohol for detox and rehabilitation services?
Even more money should be set aside from pharmaceutical companies to help fund treatment. The prescription drug abuse epidemic continues to wreak havoc on the nation despite starting to make progress on monitoring programs. With billions in revenue each year from the sale of prescription narcotics, stimulants and sedatives alone, there could easily be tens of millions of dollars allocated to detox and treatment services for prescription drug addiction.
However it occurs, it is clear to many in this field that more funding is needed to assist those in need, and it may take creative ways to raise the capital and go outside the expectation of traditional methods.