The backstory of Trump’s foundering opioid fight


Source: CBS News

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Trump ticked off the startling, oft-repeated statistics about the opioid epidemic, which is now the largest public health crisis in modern American history.

“In 2016, we lost 64,000 Americans to drug overdoses. 174 deaths per day. Seven per hour,” Mr. Trump said soberly, reading from his teleprompter during his second address to Congress.

The answers, according to the president’s speech: tightened immigration laws that will slow drug trafficking and getting “much tougher on drug dealers and pushers if we are going to succeed in stopping this scourge.”

But the rhetoric omitted any mention of the actual solutions proposed by experts on the front lines of the crisis. The president has repeatedly called the opioid epidemic a top priority for his administration. But as members of Congress donned purple ribbons


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