In our role as advisors to Advocates for Opioid Recovery, we urge President Trump to implement his campaign promise to “[end the opioid epidemic in America].” The most efficient and cost-effective way to achieve this is by breaking down the barriers to the treatments that actually work. What works best is medication-assisted treatment (MAT) — the combination of behavioral counseling and recovery medication.
Today, only [three out of every 100](https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3045214/) people living with opioid addiction are receiving this type of treatment. The scale of the epidemic, as well as the medical community’s endorsement of MAT, makes these numbers even more dramatic and indefensible. The economic case for MAT is also clear. [Studies](https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/surgeon-generals-report.pdf) show that every dollar spent on treatment saves $4 in health care costs and $7 in criminal justice costs.
The bottom line: breaking down barriers to opioid addiction treatment that works will save lives and money. And the President, who knows what it is like to [lose someone close to him to addiction](http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-fred-trump-alcoholism-413207), has an opportunity to act. Together, we can trump addiction.
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