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.
President Trump does a 180 on drug addiction
- Keith Humphreys - professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford School of Medicine, former senior policy advisor to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy - @KeithNHumphreys
- William R. Kelly - University of Texas at Austin - @wkelly_r
- Adrienne Andrews - Weber State University - @AdieAndrewsCDO
- James Boffetti - Office of New Hampshire Attorney General - @jtboffetti