Trump Vows to Attack Opioid Crisis, Cuts Treatment OptionsOctober 30, 2017 |
by Megan McLemore
US President Donald Trump has declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. What that means in practice remains to be seen – possibilities include increased federal funding, inter-agency coordination, and improved rural health services. But one prerequisite to making real progress in stopping the 142 deaths that happen each day in the US from drug overdose, as well as the economic loss related to such high addiction rates, is ending the White House and the Republican Party’s war on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid.