Published: Dec 12, 2017, 12:14 pm • Updated: Dec 12, 2017, 12:14 pm
The opioid epidemic should command focused attention even from our policy-averse president. It’s America’s worst drug crisis, especially severe in the working-class and rural communities that supported President Donald Trump. Its solution involves spending money, which supposedly doesn’t faze Trump, and tougher actions against drug companies, which he’s vowed to take.
More than 175 Americans die daily from opioid overdoses, according to a presidential commission, far more than the U.S. Centers for Disease Control attributes to car accidents and gun mishaps.
Yet Trump has done nothing but talk since his Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, issued a report on Nov. 1 filled with dire language and calls to action.
“The time to wait is over,” it declared. “The time for talk has passed.”
Here’s the record so far:
– The White House has yet to ask for any new funding for prevention or law-enforcement programs to address the