It Took Trump’s Opioid Addiction Panel Nearly Six Months to Actually Meet – News

Donald Trump is hard on drugs. At least that’s the image he tried to portray on his way to the White House, where at every rally and speech, the teetotaling businessman ranted and raved about the nation’s opioid epidemic. He talked about the need for law and order to stop the flow of drugs coming across American borders, but also about increased care and treatment for the millions of addicts struggling to live their everyday lives. 

According to the New York Times, the panel appointed by the president to give recommendations about solutions to the opioid epidemic has just now finally held their first meeting, five months after Trump took office. Led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and was joined by Trump’s questionably qualified son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, White House counselor and cable news talking head Kellyanne Conway, health and human services secretary Tom Price, and a number of bipartisan state lawmakers, the commission is just starting to address an issue that addiction experts say is, in some ways, too far gone.

“There really isn’t anything this commission is going to figure out that we don’t know already,” Dr. Andrew…

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