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Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About Trump’s Opioid War

Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About Trump’s Opioid War
April 03
15:45 2018

Trump’s Push to End Opioid Abuse and Dependency

President Donald Trump has made it no secret that the opioid crisis is indeed a major problem
that should be considered a national concern requiring immediate action. Trump’s movement
toward a resolution did not move fast enough, however, for those who sought to condemn his
inability to fill public health and drug positions in the administration at the time. Well, now that
is all taking a turn for the better, and Trump is making good on his promise to “liberate” all
Americans from the “scourge of addition.”

According to the Committee on Appropriations Chairman, Rodney Frelinghuysen’s press
release, the House approved the omnibus bill which will provide nearly $4 billion in resources
to combat the crisis with treatment, prevention, and law enforcement efforts to stop the
spread of the drugs and provide families and communities with the support they need. The
legislation’s financial contribution to the opioid epidemic is the largest investment to date and
works toward the president’s opioid initiative. Additionally, in response to the opioid crisis, the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states that it is making it a priority to focus its
efforts on improving access to treatment and recovery services, promoting use of overdose-
reversing drugs, and strengthening our understanding of the epidemic through better public
health surveillance, to name only a few.

Fighting the Good Fight

As with any prevention, it makes sense to stop the flow of drugs by first ensuring the drugs
aren’t able to reach U.S. citizens. This is exactly what the omnibus bill intends to do.
Approximately $459.4 million will be dedicated to stopping the flow of illegal drugs into our
country through surveillance and analysis efforts, port and drug inspection within Customs and
Border Protection, and investigative initiatives on illicit drugs coming through the mail.
Although the bill provides funding for the improvement of law enforcement efforts and other
areas that deal with abuse among American Indians, veterans, and those in rural communities,
the greatest financial contribution of the omnibus bill will go toward supporting treatment and
prevention initiatives. With over $2 billion in financial support, new funding will go toward
grants to states that address the opioid epidemic. The funding for treatment and prevention
will also support initiatives that research the opioid addictions which will be conducted by the
National Institutions of Health. The CDC will also get the support that it needs with over $470
million to increase its surveillance and prevention measures on the opioid crisis among
Americans.

The war on drugs has been a fight that began its push during the Reagan administration and
unfortunately, it is still a major issue. As proven by the House and their recent approval of the
omnibus bill, there continues to be a push to provide states, organizations, and individuals with
the finances needed to improve both past and current war on drug initiatives. We can only
hope that Trump’s dream to liberate the American people of this epidemic will soon become a
reality.

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  1. debbie
    debbie April 04, 13:27

    it will continue to be an issue, because troops keep brining them home, with them, esp.THE CIA.WHY ISNT ANYONE TALKING ABOUT THAT? I think its a waste of MONEY.ARE YOU SURE YOU ARE A CONSERVATIVE?PEOPLE NEED PAIN MEDS, BUT IF THEY ARE ADDICTED THEY NEED TO BE KICKED IN THE BUTT,, NOT MORE MONEY…WE NEVER GOT ADDICTED TO DRUGS BECAUSE WE. HAD A STRICT UPBRINGING BY MOM, DAD,

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