Izzy Mumm: Tipton needs to support Steamboat’s fight against opioid epidemic | SteamboatToday.com

Izzy Mumm: Tipton needs to support Steamboat’s fight against opioid epidemic

I am proud to see how Steamboat Springs is addressing the opioid epidemic. Our community has come together to push back, flanking the epidemic from multiple sides — and importantly, never doubting its seriousness or ability to resurge if we divert our attention or efforts.

Examples of the tactics used to fight this threat include the work happening at the UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center, where decreasing opioid use in the emergency department was made a top priority. After six months, they were able to drop the usage rate by an impressive 40 percent.

This is one step on a long path, but there is a major threat to the future success we should all be worried about. President Trump and our Congressman Scott Tipton are pushing to cut Medicaid to pay for the tax cuts they gave to the wealthiest Americans. They also continue to undermine the Affordable Care Act, which provides health coverage for many people in our community. Fighting back against the opioid epidemic depends upon access to quality health care and insurance coverage.

The U.S. Census counted 120,865 people in the 3rd Congressional District with Medicaid coverage. Stripping them of healthcare would inflict great damage on efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, setting us back in a way that might be insurmountable, allowing the epidemic to make a resurgence.

That’s why I implore Scott Tipton to support the efforts happening on the ground in our communities by defending the resources that make it possible.

Izzy Mumm

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