Trump Budget Dismays Families Hit By Opioid Addiction Crisis

NEW YORK (AP) – President Donald Trump’s budget proposal weakens insurance coverage for drug addiction treatment and cuts back funding for research and prevention programs.

Some see that as a betrayal of those who trusted his campaign pledge to make the opioid epidemic a top priority. Those most frustrated include parents of those lost to the epidemic who shared their stories directly with Trump before and after the election.

Cuts to Medicaid worry advocates most because the program covers an estimated three in 10 adults with opioid addiction.

But acting “drug czar” Richard Baum says the budget demonstrates the administration’s “commitment to stopping drugs from entering the country and supporting treatment efforts to address the burgeoning opioid epidemic.”

Trump’s plan was released this week. Members of Congress have said they are unlikely to approve the budget as written.

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One Comment

  1. For years, many have cried out, “The war on drugs is not working, legalize now! Spend the money on other social programs.” Now, when a new budget proposes cutting back on money, some of which will be allocated to fighting drug addiction, “Stop the presses, You cannot take money from programs intended to stop drug addiction.” So what is it? Stop the war, or uptick the war? The same political stripe of folks are saying two different things.

  2. Rick Oskin says:

    you call this reporting?

  3. Ken Keppel says:

    It would be so nice if we actually had a media that did research first. President Trump signed an executive committee in March to look into this problem to see what can be done to help solve it.

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