Trump Says He Will Focus On Opioid Law Enforcement, Not Treatment


Source: NPR

On Jan. 10, President Trump signed into law the bipartisan Interdict Act, to give federal agents more tools to curtail opioid trafficking. But, after declaring the opioid crisis a public health emergency last fall, Trump has been slow to request money for treatment, critics note. The Washington Post/The Washington Post/Getty Images

More than three months after President Trump declared the nation’s opioid crisis a public health emergency, activists and healthcare providers say they’re still waiting for some other action.

The Trump administration quietly renewed the declaration recently. But it’s given no signs it’s developing a comprehensive strategy to address an epidemic that claims more than 115 lives every day. The President now says to combat opioids he’s focused on enforcement, not treatment.

Trump spent just over a minute of


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