On Tuesday, Trump had something to say about the opioid epidemic. His approach though is not exactly the way to go about it.
Trump says he’ll beat the epidemic by beefing up law enforcement and strengthening security on the Mexican border to stop illegal drugs from entering the country. Beefing up law enforcement isn’t exactly going to help when half the country is currently against cops. Trump joined his heroin team in Bedminster, New Jersey at, of course, his private golf club. He was joined by Human Services Secretary Tom Price and other officials, including the head of the team: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
He emphasized a tough law-and-order approach rather than focusing on treatment and social programs. This will now be the White House’s primary strategy for halting the epidemic that costs the lives of 142 Americans a day. I think a better method would be placing a picture of Kellyanne Conway on the drugs saying if you take this you’ll end up being this. “Strong law enforcement is absolutely vital to having a drug-free society,” Trump said. “I’m confident that by working with our health care and law enforcement experts we will fight this deadly epidemic and the United States will win.”
State of Emergency and Health Insurance
Trump stopped short of declaring the epidemic a national emergency, even though Chris Christie made the recommendation. Price then later told reporters that the administration is treating the epidemic as an emergency but it doesn’t need a formal declaration. “We believe that, at this point, the resources that we need or the focus that we need to bring to bear to the opioid crisis, at this point, can be addressed without the declaration of an emergency. Although all things are on the table for the president,” Price said. Well pretty sure you have to declare things an emergency in order to get funding and help. If you didn’t declare an emergency for Hurricane Katrina I bet you wouldn’t have given funding to those people in need.
Price added that the DOJ and the Health and Human Services Department will be working together to fight heroin addiction and ‘we’ll do that in short order,” he said. Changes to the health care system also don’t help matters. About 1.2 million people with substance abuse problems are on the ACA. The ACA has paid for 35 to 50% of all medication-assisted treatment programs for those with heroin addiction alone.