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What will Trump be doing about the opioid crisis?

Asked by LostInParadise (23594points) 3 weeks ago

Amid all the pettiness that Trump engaged in last week, he announced that he would be declaring an opioid national emergency some time this week. There are good reasons why he should follow through. The problem is very serious, and disproportionately affects Trump’s base of support. He promised he would do something about in his campaign and as recently as last August. On the other hand, to do this right would require expansion of health programs he has vowed to repeal and replace. Here are some suggestions from the Guardian news organization. How many do you see Trump acting on?

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ragingloli's avatar

None of those.
He will do #6: more money for the prison industrial complex. Put more addicts in jail than ever before.

MrGrimm888's avatar

You can straight forget numbers 4, and 5. Trump and his henchmen hate the impoverished. The only suggestion that would make a difference is tasking police/first responders with administering narcan. But that will only save some people temporarily. Many will simply overdose again…

It’s going to end up like any other “war on drugs.” Lots of money will be wasted, many people will be imprisoned, and nothing positive will come from it.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Did anyone watch the expose’ on 60 Minutes a week ago?

NomoreY_A's avatar

ragingloli said it all, there is nothing more to say.

LostInParadise's avatar

@stanleybmanly , Thanks for the 60 Minutes reference. I did not watch the show but did a Web search on it. I was not aware that the show was responsible for Tom Marino withdrawing his nomination for drug czar. Quite likely, the story motivated Trump’s announcement as well. He pretty much had to say that he was going to do something. Whether he actually does something and, if so, what it consists of, will be interesting to watch.

kritiper's avatar

Tweeting. Like a little bird…

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Nothing but saying he will do something “spectacular” like “really great”
The opioid crisis is exactly that, a crisis. I have family members who were affected. I’m willing to bet many of us reading here do as well. They’re over prescribed by massive amounts. I don’t understand why doctors treat them so lightly. The few times they were prescribed to me I just ended up taking advil after trying them and just threw the rest of the damn things in the trash. There is no excuse for the numbers of “pain management” clinics that are little more than opioid dispensaries for addicts.

stanleybmanly's avatar

60 Minutes and The New York Times collaborated on that episode and if you want to understand the REAL reasons for the opioid epidemic, the thing is a must see. I guarantee it is worth your while. Your jaw will drop.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Have a link to it?

zenvelo's avatar

He wants to redirect the traffic in this manner

zenvelo's avatar

Seriously, I can’t see the administration doing any of those things on the Guardian list.

With Jeff Sessions wanting to expand the number of people in jail, and the White House working to cut health coverage to the bone while increasing profitability of pharmaceutical companies, I don’t seen any progress from DC on this issue.

NomoreY_A's avatar

It’s all smoke and mirrors, for their largely moronic base.

stanleybmanly's avatar

@ARE you kidding me. I don’t know how to link from this phone.

Jeruba's avatar

There’s a lot of money to be made in drug trafficking. Just think what you could do if you had some influence over, say, law enforcement, border patrol, taxation…and with an already large, convoluted multibusiness structure in place.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Found it, pretty much what I expected to hear.

LostInParadise's avatar

Suppose Trump does not do anything substantive. Will his supporters notice? What does it take for them to realize he does not care about them?

flutherother's avatar

I expect a series of tweets from Trump and not much else. How he gets away with it in a seemingly well-educated country is beyond me.

The BBC showed a programme on the subject earlier this month. It was quite shocking particularly as the problem was largely caused by the over prescription of pain killers.

Inspired_2write's avatar

What will Trump be doing about the opioid crisis?

He will tell the General Public that he is working on it, while in the background he is panicking on what to do?

He likes to present to the World that he is in control, even when he is in fact not.

The proverbial father figure in control and keeping the media and the General Public in a queue until he can think of as equitable solution, meanwhile many will die as he waits.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Perhaps he will take it on himself to test each and every opioid by swallowing them himself, so see which ones are addictive.

stanleybmanly's avatar

The answer to this question is rather obvious once you consider that Trump has the attention span of a gerbil. The man’s tireless fixation on nonstop twitterable petty foolishness is breathtaking and predictably nonproductive. The distinctive characteristic of the Trump reign is that it is almost exclusively the negative aspects of governance that are exhibited to dominate and crowd out useful progress. The best that can be hoped for with Trump at the helm (and that is if we are extremely lucky) is that his tenure will be remembered as “that time when the government was on vacation”.

LostInParadise's avatar

There is something I heard on the news that adds a wrinkle to this story. A good portion of the opioids come into this country through Mexico. Expect Trump to bring up his wall construction project as a solution to this problem.

Jeruba's avatar

@Inspired_2write, you’re probably right about the false front, but an equitable solution? That would be one that’s fair to everyone. Trump has never shown any interest in treating everyone (or anyone) fairly. And I doubt that he’s bothering to work on a solution at all, just to make noise about it and take credit for other people’s efforts.

I also don’t think he cares enough about anyone else to panic over what might happen to them. This guy is not burdened with empathy. He’s a remorseless brute. I’d expect more kindness and caring from a jackal in the wild.

zenvelo's avatar

So the word is out today,

Trump on Thursday will announce that the opioid crisis is a public health emergency – a move that is narrower in scope than what his opioid commission had recommended and does not include new funding.

In other words, all take and bluster, but he ain’t gonna do shit.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Another example of wallpapering over the real needs (better regulation of doctors, pharmacies, and manufacturers), because of their powerful lobbies.

In Trump World, people (and suffering) don’t count. Corporate profits do. So what if people die from overdoses, if the pharma companies keep getting rich?

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