Trump’s promise to deal with opioid addiction gets slashed with severe drug policy cuts of 95%.
When he was running for office, Donald J. Trump promised to rid America of the scourge of drugs, vowing to crack down on dealers and invest heavily in programs to get heroin and other opioids off the streets.
But on Friday, President Trump’s administration revealed plans to gut the 2018 budget of his Office of National Drug Control Policy. According to an Office of Management and Budget document obtained by The New York Times, the White House is proposing to slash the drug policy office budget about 95 percent, to just $24 million from $388 million. The cuts would mean the office could lose up to 33 employees.
A coalition of groups dedicated to combating substance abuse circulated a letter to send to the White House on Friday condemning the cuts. “This proposed budget not only fails to live up to the president’s vision, it also sends the wrong message about the social and economic harms that drug supply and demand inflict on our nation,” they wrote. More from the New York Times here.