What’s the Trump administration doing to fight the opioid crisis?
Posted On June 21, 2021
We’re just days away from a critical deadline for the federal government to address a growing opioid epidemic, but the Trump Administration is already moving forward on several fronts.
The president has vowed to sign a bill to provide grants to states and localities to fight drug addiction, but some members of Congress are raising concerns about whether that effort will go far enough.
Here’s what you need to know about what the Trump White House is doing to combat the opioid epidemic.
The Trump administration has yet to respond to a report outlining the White House’s plans to combat drug overdoses in the US.
This comes as the administration is under intense scrutiny from the media for its handling of the crisis.
On Tuesday, Trump tweeted a list of suggestions, including hiring more health care workers and increasing federal funding to combat opioid addiction.
But he’s also said that his administration will focus on prevention.
“The only way to stop this carnage is to take the fight to the streets,” Trump said in the statement.
The White House released a statement on Wednesday, saying it was “committed to addressing this epidemic with all tools at our disposal.”
The statement included some positive developments, like the announcement that the Trump Office of National Drug Control Policy would “continue to support local health authorities in addressing the opioid and related health issues.”
But the statement did not address the opioid plan, saying only that it was the administration’s “goal to have a comprehensive plan by the end of the year.”
Congress has called for the Trump Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute opioid traffickers, saying the administration should focus on stopping the sale of opioids and other drugs like heroin to minors.
The bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Prescription Drug Abuse has called on the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate the opioid addiction epidemic.
But the administration has so far declined to take any action on their request, which the committee chairman, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, has called “irresponsible.”
A Department of Homeland Security spokesman told The Hill on Wednesday that the agency “will continue to address the issue of opioids in our communities.”
The spokesman also told The Daily Beast that the government is “currently in the process of establishing a task force on opioid addiction and opioid misuse.”
President Trump has called the opioid drug epidemic “a national security issue” that must be addressed.
“It’s the greatest national security threat facing the United States today,” Trump told The New York Times last month.
“I want to do everything I can to stop it, but if you’re a criminal, you’re going to end up doing something horrible.”
Trump said the opioid problem was a “national security issue,” adding that the “tough things we have to do” are going to “make our country safer.”
The Department of Defense has begun an investigation into whether the Department should continue to provide funding to states to combat heroin addiction.
The Pentagon has already announced it will begin a study that could cost tens of millions of dollars.
The inquiry will look at the “disparities in opioid access” between states, and whether that “makes it more difficult for states to provide treatment or other services to heroin addicts,” according to a Defense Department press release.
The investigation will also look at “whether the Department has adequate resources to respond in a timely manner to the opioid opioid crisis.”
Trump has also promised to sign legislation that would require doctors to sign an oath that they “will not prescribe any opioid medication to anyone who is not in their own state of medical necessity.”
The move comes as Trump is under increasing pressure from lawmakers and the public to address opioid addiction, after a federal report revealed that the number of prescription opioid prescriptions was increasing.
But Trump has said that he will not sign the bill, calling it a “fraud” and a “massive tax.”
Trump has yet also said he wants to sign the measure into law, but it’s unclear whether he’ll be able to muster enough support to do so. 6.
A report from the Drug Policy Alliance found that in addition to the federal funding for state and local governments to combat opioids, Trump’s administration has already made significant changes to opioid policy.
It estimates that the administration would increase the federal penalty for opioid overdose by 40 percent, raise the price of prescription opioids by 40 cents per pill, and reduce the federal death penalty by 32 percent.
In addition, the report also found that the DEA and Customs and Border Protection are increasing enforcement at the border.
In February, Trump signed an executive order instructing the Drug Enforcement Administration to “ensure the safety and security of American workers.”
And in June, the administration signed an order instructuring the Department, HHS, and CDC to “support the states in their efforts to address and reduce opioid addiction.”
In a statement, the White Houses Office of Emergency Management called the heroin crisis “a major public health crisis” and said that the Department “is taking steps to address this crisis through additional funding, more resources, and increased public education.”
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