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Letter: Medicaid should not be used to help in the opioid crisis

Medicaid should not be used to help in the opioid crisis

In the PolitiFact article published in the July 20 Buffalo News, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., emphasized the importance of Medicaid in battling the opioid crisis. Warren said, “Right now, Medicaid is the principal way we deal with opioid abuse.”

Who is kidding who here? First of all Medicaid is not battling the opioid crisis, Medicaid is enabling the crisis to continue. If a person can afford to purchase opioids they shouldn’t be on Medicaid at all and if they are on Medicaid the first time they go for treatment they should be removed from the Medicaid rolls for a minimum of one year. Warren said Medicaid is the principal way we deal with opioid abuse. What Medicaid should be doing is putting a stop to opioid users abusing Medicaid.

Treat and abuse – treat and abuse – treat and abuse. The very definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result.

Using Medicaid to treat an opioid crisis and opioid abuse by treating and retreating abusers the way they are is by definition insanity.

Anthony Strusa

East Amherst

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