President Trump’s budget proposal released this week would reduce funding for addiction treatment, research and prevention. Some see the moves as a painful betrayal of Americans whose families have been devastated by addiction and trusted the president’s repeated pledges to make them a priority.
Banamex USA avoided prosecution this week by acknowledging its lack of oversight over more than $142 million in suspicious remittances between 2007-2012. But the fine imposed by the Justice Department amounted to little more than a “slap on the wrist,” says an analyst.
The Cherokee Nation is suing Walmart, CVS and other drug retailers for failing to stop the illicit distribution of prescription opioids. It could be the opening act in a broader legal campaign by Native Americans to address a health crisis that has devastated tribal communities.
Colombian President Juan Santos, who met President Trump at the White House last week, says the U.S. needs to change its hardline drug policy to focus on harm-reduction and the wider illicit activities conducted by transnational crime syndicates.
The Attorney General believes a tough approach to drug offenders is the right policy to pursue. Most Americans don’t agree. The fact is, says a TCR contributor who writes on addiction issues, the kind of help that will keep substance abusers from committing further offenses can’t be found behind bars.
Quest Diagnostics said marijuana remains the most commonly used drug among U.S. workers and was identified in 2.5 percent of urine tests 2016, up from 2.4 percent a year earlier. Workers in states that permit recreational marijuana use appear to be picking up the habit. The number of workers testing positive in Colorado rose 11 percent; in Washington—9 percent.