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posted by martyb on Friday August 11 2017, @11:23PM   Printer-friendly
from the just-say-emergency dept.

After some initial confusion about the White House's plans earlier in the week, President Trump has followed the recommendation of the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, headed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and declared the opioid crisis to be a national emergency. He has promised to spend "a lot" of time, effort, and money to combat the problem:

Among the other recommendations were to rapidly increase treatment capacity for those who need substance abuse help; to establish and fund better access to medication-assisted treatment programs; and to make sure that health care providers are aware of the potential for misuse and abuse of prescription opioids by enhancing prevention efforts at medical and dental schools.

President Trump also decried a slowdown in federal prosecutions of drug crimes and a reduction in sentence lengths. Activists and policy experts are wary of an enforcement-heavy approach:

Bill Piper, senior director for the Drug Policy Alliance, told CNN Tuesday that stricter enforcement "has never worked" and the President would be "better focusing on the treatment side of things." "A supply side approach to drugs has never worked," Piper said. "That is what has been tried for decades and it has failed for every drug it has applied to, including alcohol during Prohibition. As long as there has been and[sic] demand for drugs, there will be a supply." Trump would not be the first administration to crack down on drug use by focusing on enforcement, but Piper said doing so would play into a desire to "sound tough," not actually solve the problem. "It makes it look like they are doing something even when they are not," Piper said.

Trump also advocated for more abstinence-based treatment to combat the opioid crisis. "The best way to prevent drug addiction and overdose is to prevent people from abusing drugs in the first place. If they don't start, they won't have a problem. If they do start, it's awfully tough to get off," Trump said. That sort of strategy advocates for targeting kids and young adults with anti-drug messaging, evocative of the "Just Say No" ad campaign of the 1980s and early 1990s.

This crisis is serious, folks:

"It is a serious problem the likes of which we have never had. You know when I was growing up, they had the LSD and they had certain generations of drugs. There's never been anything like what's happened to this country over the last four or five years. And I have to say this in all fairness, this is a worldwide problem, not just a United States problem. This is happening worldwide. But this is a national emergency, and we are drawing documents now to so attest."

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 12 2017, @02:47AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 12 2017, @02:47AM (#552707)

    I'm expecting armed stand-offs outside of recreational cannabis dispensaries. It ought to be fun.
    hyperbole and bullshit.

    There will probably be fewer and fewer places around town selling glass pieces
    Yeah.... right. 'head shops' have been around forever and will be here long after we are gone.

    I will never have the experience of buying recreational cannabis
    boo fucking hoooo. You are making shit up. You were never going to do it in the first place.

    I hope that Trump starts World War 3. I want to see the nuclear apocalypse. I want to see humans wipe themselves off the planet.
    I know a guy who will sell you Vicodins at 2-3 a pill. I can hook you up and you can have your own little personal hell instead of dragging us all into whatever disorder you have.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 12 2017, @03:31AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 12 2017, @03:31AM (#552716)

    I don't want to mess with opiates. They sound pretty bad, though I've always been curious to try. I'll try anything except maybe jimsonweed at least once.

    I sometimes have back pain, usually lower back but sometimes upper back. I've found yoga an effective solution. Frog pose can resolve my lower back pain, so I suspect it's nothing serious. Upper back pain can be likewise resolved by going through sun exercises. Everybody else seems to have a medicine cabinet full of opiates. Cubicle-mate was having intermittent back pain, sounded a lot like mine, so I showed him an easy pose (1st sun exercise pose) that works for me. That wasn't good enough for him. He had pills to pop.

    I have a very reliable source for cannabis flower, but thank you anyway for the offer.