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The CDC director says they are “ready” to do more gun research if the Congress is funding it

Dr. Robert Redfield Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that the CDC is "ready" for further research…

Dr. Robert Redfield Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that the CDC is “ready” for further research into the causes of violence violence if Congress chose to provide further funding. According to Redfield, how CDC prioritizes their spending largely depends on “Congress prioritizes to want to finance us”.

“We have a program called National Violent Surveillance System … and so we are currently playing violent deaths for all reasons, including firearms. And so it’s going on,” said Redfield.

Congress passed the 1

996 Dickey change , which prohibits using public health funds to “advocate or promote pistol control”, but former secretary Alex Azar said he would instruct the CDC to conduct research on the causes of violence in violence.

Asked what kind of restrictions CDC is facing from that provision, said Redfield: “I feel I have no restrictions for doing research. The question will be if Congress can give us funding to expand the research we are currently doing …. The secretary has also clarified that we have no limit to doing research. , what we do not have to do is to get a funding mechanism for the congress to instruct us to do it.

Redfield also spoke of what he considers the public health crisis of our time: opioid epidemic . Preliminary CDC data show the number of lethal drug doses nationwide have plateaus for six straight months , although more than 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, just over 48,000 of these deaths were from opioids.

It’s a crisis that hits near the home of Redfield.

“It’s personal to me. I think you know that one of my six children almost died of cocaine contaminated with fentanyl, “told Redfield” CBS This Morning “co-horse John Dickerson.” You know, my wife and I have a very supportive family. But my own son was in tears when he finally told us he used cocaine. And I did not understand why did not he come earlier? Well, because he had to be ashamed … Do you know why he started using cocaine?

According to Redfield, we now know that 2 to 6 percent of those who receive a single prescription for an opioid for routine procedures such as wisdom removal, stop being chronic dependent.

“There is a pathophysiological cause of abuse … and the more we can embrace it and not make people feel bad about it,” he says. “We do not make people feel bad if they have cancer. We must allow people to embrace the medical illnesses they have and help them get the best treatment treatment so that they can move on to a productive and happy life.”

Proudly The latest CDCs indicate that the increase in drug overdose, the CDC director said it will require “tremendous effort” to control the epidemic.

“First of all, I think we must recognize it for what it is. It’s a medical condition. It’s not a moral failure, right. And the other thing we have to recognize is that it’s actually a chronic medically state, he says. “You know, I try to encourage people to support families like us trying to win the battle against opioid addiction. … Recognize that treatment success is possible. It will be the rule, not the exception. “

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