Monday, October 30, 2017

OPIOID CRISIS - Trump's 'Just Say NO' Campaign

NOTE:  It effectively allots 2¢ per victim.  Also note his declaration last only 90 days (it's renewable).

"Trump calls for new action, not new money, to tackle opioid crisis" PBS NewsHour 10/26/2017


SUMMARY:  President Trump on Thursday declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency and announced several initiatives to reduce the nation's overdose problem.  But critics said these actions don't go far enough and that more funding is needed.  William Brangham reports, then Judy Woodruff gets reaction from Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, whose state is among the hardest hit by the crisis.

"What happens now that the opioid crisis is officially a public health emergency?" PBS NewsHour 10/26/2017


SUMMARY:  President Trump has officially designated the opioid epidemic as a public health emergency.  Besides the symbolism, what does the declaration mean for tackling the crisis?  William Brangham speaks with Bertha Madras of the President's Commission on Combatting the Opioid Crisis and Dr. Andrew Kolodny of Brandeis University about the underlying impediments and what needs to be done.

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