Donald Trump Suggests Ad Campaign Will Prevent Opioid Addiction

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  • Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency. The order signed by the president instructs Eric Hargan, acting Health and Human Services Secretary, to use “any emergency authorities,” to prevent opioid-related death. During Trump’s address on the issue, he effectively said that he would take a “Just Say No” approach, suggesting that a national advertising campaign could prevent people from becoming addicted to opioids. [Washington Post]
  • The House passed its budget legislation today by a narrow margin. Today’s legislation did not receive a single vote from Democrats and 20 Republicans from high tax states also voted against the bill, objecting to the plan to reduce or eliminate the federal tax deductions for state and local income taxes. The passage will effectively allow Republicans to pass a tax reform bill (to be formally drafted next week) without a single Democratic vote. It will also prevent Senate Democrats from stopping the bill with a filibuster, allowing the final measure to pass with a simple majority. The House anticipates passing the formal budget bill before Thanksgiving. [New York Times/Washington Post]
  • Representative Frederica Wilson has not returned to Washington, DC following “ongoing threats against her” since she spoke out about the Trump’s conversation with the widow of Sargent La David Johnson. The threats have forced Wilson to miss a handful of important House votes.[Miami Herald]
  • Trump is spending $1.75 million to spruce up the White House. The total cost includes “$17,000 for custom rugs, $7,000 for ‘furniture pedestals’ and $5,000 for wallpaper.” I’m sure it will be lovely. [MSNBC]
  • The State Department made a Powerpoint presentation and Politico says it’s indicative of a Rex Tillerson-helmed power play. [Politico]
  • Senators Maria Cantwell and Ron Wyden have asked for an investigation into the decision to award Whitefish Energy a sizable contract to restore Puerto Rico’s power. In the letter, the Cantwell and Wyden cite “contemporaneous communications” between Whitefish and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. [The Hill]
  • “The number of female donors to federal candidates and committees has skyrocketed by roughly 284 percent so far in the 2017-18 election cycle compared with this time in the 2015-16 cycle.” [Roll Call]
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I hope those who voted for him who have family or friends who are addicted see this as the slap in the face that it is. My brother in law (former, my sister eventually divorced him) is an opioid addict. The problem isn’t “just say no.” It’s “take this if you want to be able to get back to work after your injury/surgery/etc. within the amount of time you need before you lose your job.” And then they do take it, and then it doesn’t cut it anymore, and the prescription runs out and there’s no money for physical therapy, and you’ve got to do something about the pain. So your buddy at the warehouse knows a guy, and there you go.

Sure, that’s not all cases, (there are also the rural kids who try it because there’s fuck all else for them to do at home, and I know plenty of those, too) but it’s a lot of them.

And the government knows this, of course they know it. But no, Trump and Sessions are gonna stick with “Just Say No.” Because we all know how well that turned out last time. Jfc.