Trump misses the mark with opioid crisis plan, health advocates say

Commission to tackle painkiller addiction is being called redundant, as Trump plays catch up with an issue that’s been a priority concern for years
The Guardian (UK)
Thursday, March 30, 2017

The White House plan to address the opioid crisis runs counter to the administration’s health and justice policies, said politicians and advocates. The Trump administration announced it was launching a commission to study the crisis, which sees 91 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Congress has presented an unusually united front in its commitment to responding to the crisis, adopting federal policies that mirror legislation in states across the political spectrum. And Trump’s centerpiece plan to convene a commission that develops recommendations on the drug crisis is viewed by many as redundant.