What do Mr. Trump and former first lady Nancy Reagan have in common? Both believe the answer to addiction is to just say “NO’.
She the answer to stopping teen pregnancy, Trump to the out break of Opioid use. Neither will work without money for enforcement and education.
Yesterday Trump proclaimed the Opioid crisis a public health emergency in response to the national opioid crisis. But he stopped short, very short, of declaring a national emergency as recommended by the commission he appointed.
Trumps answer was advice given to him by his dad; just say “NO” to booze and cigarettes when he was young. Easy to say when it comes to bad habits, but difficult to stop when your child gets their firs high.
Declaring a national emergency would have opened the doors for significantly more new money for treatment, law enforcement, empowered public health officials to do things like negotiate lower prices with the Big Pharma for the overdose-reversing drug naloxone or waive insurance restrictions that delay treatment.
Opioid addiction is taking hundred of lives a day in this country along. States like WV and Ohio have been over taken by the epidemic.
Like most of Trumps policies he is just blowing smoke; no substance.