President Trump does a 180 on drug addiction

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The President's special commission on opioid abuse has recommended he declare a national emergency.  Tuesday, he sent word he would not.  But, the number of overdose deaths in a year exceeds troop casualties in the entire Vietnam War. Yesterday, he said "yes," after all. A national emergency could mean federal resources for treatment — including for mental illness.  It's a long way from Nancy Reagan's "Just Say, No," but she was talking about crack cocaine in the inner cities, while opioids are a scourge of white Americans in Republican enclaves. 




Warren Olney