Oct 30, 2017
Trump declared the opioid crisis in the United States as a public health emergency.
But the Public Health Emergency Fund presently has a grand total of $57,000 in it! His announcement doesn’t direct any new money to treatment or prevention programs. And critics were quick to point this out, saying that the president “offered the country a band-aid when we need a tourniquet.”
Not true. To address the opioid epidemic in this country, we need nothing less than full scale surgery to remove the cancer of a system that puts profit-making before human needs – a system which allows drug companies to make billions, while our children die of drug overdoses.