FROM Patrice Harris
A Deadly Epidemic and New Rules for Drug Addiction "Drug abuse" has long been criminalized, but drug addiction is now recognized as a medical problem, and it's taking a staggering toll. Overdose deaths from opioids — prescription painkillers, as well as heroin -- are breaking records. Doctors and the pharmaceutical industry have both been part of the problem. They're also considered essential to finding the right solution, which recognizes the problem not as the consequence of a character flaw but as a medical condition. Will new rules from the Obama Administration be enough to get the epidemic under control?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.