Just two months ago, Donald Trump spoke to America about the opioid crisis. He actually said that he was “drawing documents now” to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency. When a president officially declares something a national crisis, that is a big deal. Resources and money are expedited to treat the emergency.
“The opioid crisis is an emergency,” Trump said in August. “And I am saying officially right now: It is an emergency; it’s a national emergency. We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort, and a lot of money on the opioid crisis.”WashingtonExaminer
Usually, a public health epidemic, like drug addiction, is declared a public health emergency by the secretary of Health and Human Services. 2016 Zika birus and the 2012 Hurrican Sandy were both declared emergencies by the secretary of Health.
This graph from the National Institute of Drug Abuse shows exactly how much of an epidemic drug abuse is. Plus, it shows the dramatic recent increase of drug overdoses.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2015, more than 33,000 people died of an opioid overdose. Without a doubt, drug addiction is the biggest threat to our country. Still, our president is tip toeing through the garden on this one.
This week, Trump is supposed to announce his plan of action in the fight against drug addiction. Hopefully, Trump will begin his battle against addiction, but how effective do you expect him to be?
His choice for the nation’s drug czar was Tom Marino (R-Pa.). Marino’s bill in 2016 however, made the Drug Enforcement Agency powerless in the drug war. The bill granted unlimited power to the drug companies. To make things even more disgusting, turns out the drug companies had given Marino $100,000.
This guy should be in jail, not promoted to the number one most prestigious drug enforcement position in the country!
It is disgusting. Then again, like all my articles illustrate, every single one of Trump’s nominations are terrible. As if Trump is purposely trying to destroy the government. If that is his plan, than Marino is a great choice for the nation’s drug czar.
One proven way to combat the opioid crisis is through marijuana legalization.
“After Colorado’s legalization of recreational cannabis sale and use, opioid-related deaths decreased more than 6% in the following 2 years,” write authors Melvin D. Livingston, Tracey E. Barnett, Chris Delcher and Alexander C. Wagenaar. WashingtonPost
Astonishingly, the White House is trying to stymie the legalization trade. Trump warned states with recreational legalization, like California, Colorado and Oregon, that federal law enforcement is coming for them.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, even said “I am definitely not a fan of expanded use of marijuana.” LATimes