Hundreds of people daily seek treatment in the Cincinnati area, but most cannot get it on demand. Experts say it’s important to give people treatment when they ask for it because people may want treatment one minute, but succumb to heroin the next.
Trump’s long-awaited action on the national drug scourge includes no new funding. The New York Times castigated the president as clueless, suggesting that his call for “really big, really great advertising” to steer young people away from drugs recalls the failed “Just Say No” campaign of the Reagan era.
President Trump touted an advertising campaign as “our most important thing” in addressing the opioid crisis. But government and academic assessments of “Just Say No”-style anti-drug messages have shown they don’t work.
America’s “crisis next door” will be designated a public health emergency, although President Trump will stop short of declaring a more sweeping national emergency. The entrenched opioid epidemic claimed 64,000 American lives last year.
A new federal report says prescription painkiller abuse continues to be the biggest drug threat to the U.S. Meanwhile, a State Department official says America is ratcheting up pressure on Mexico to stem production of heroin there.
Seizures of deadly synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and carfentanil have soared in Minnesota, forcing law enforcement agencies to adopt new procedures for collecting evidence, making drug arrests and testing samples at forensic labs. Some scientists can’t handle samples without an agent nearby to administer an antidote if necessary.
Much of the fentanyl that winds up in New England is manufactured in Mexico using precursor materials obtained from China and smuggled into the U.S., says the Drug Enforcement Administration. Drug cartels “started telling people they had a new, cleaner version of heroin. China White, they were calling it,” says a federal drug agent.
A new Gallup survey finds the highest level of public support for legalizing marijuana in nearly a half-century of measurement. For the first time, a majority of Republicans express support for legalization.
Scott Gottlieb, the new head of the Food and Drug Administration, advocates shorter-duration opioid prescriptions and increasing oversight of highly addictive immediate-release opioids to help reduce overdose deaths.