While the media is focusing on Russian conspiracy theories, President Trump is working hard to solve the issues actually impacting Americans.
President Trump is following the recommendations of the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis that he formed in March, reports The Washington Examiner. Trump has declared the opioid crisis a national emergency, granting the government additional resources to combat the emergency. The opioid crisis hit a peak in 2015, killing more Americans than any other year, under former President Obama.
“Building upon the recommendations in the interim report from the president’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, President Donald J. Trump has instructed his administration to use all appropriate emergency and other authorities to respond to the crisis caused by the opioid epidemic,” The Oval Office said in a statement.
The Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis is chaired by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R). In their interim report released late last month, the commission outlined the scale of the epidemic.
The report highlights that the addiction to opioids has quadrupled in America since 1999, reaching a peak in 2015 and resulting in the death of 33,000 Americans.
The crisis was largely ignored under former President Obama who instead focused on left-wing causes such as limiting access to firearms. However, the commission’s interim report found that “drug overdoses now kill more people than gun homicides and car crashes combined,” much to the chagrin of left-wing ideologues.
The report also reveals the troubling reality of the opioid epidemic–opioid addiction starts in the doctor’s office and not on the streets. As noted, opioid addiction has quadrupled since 1999. Over the same time period, a number of opioids prescribed as also quadrupled even though Americans are experiencing the same levels of pain.
While opioid addiction often begins with a legitimate prescription, tightening drug controls often forces addicted Americans to start illegally purchasing their drugs, rendering them vulnerable to street concoctions and extremely powerful synthetic opioids like fentanyl.
In addition to declaring a state of emergency, the report calls for increased border security. Specifically, they recommend developing technology that can be used to detect fentanyl before it enters into America.
By classifying the opioid crisis as a national emergency, Trump is opening up the tool bag available for Health and Human Services. Additional grants and an increase in Medicaid spending are available to combat national emergencies. Florida, Maryland, and Arizona have already declared states of emergencies around the opioid epidemic.
“The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I’m saying officially right now it is an emergency,” Trump declared. “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…We’re going to draw it up and we’re going to make it a national emergency. It is a serious problem the likes of which we have never had.”
Tackling the opioid crisis was a major campaign issue for President Trump. He is staying true to his promises and acting swiftly and deliberately to end the drug scourge.