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There are 8 comments on POV: Trump’s Opioid Efforts Don’t Go Far Enough

  1. I expect any actual measures that are implemented by the Trump ‘government’ will focus on shifting responsibility onto the victims and the allocation of funds to fight foreign boogymen.
    Meanwhile the government will not do a thing about the drug companies making this stuff, making more and more potent drugs and delivery systems, and recklessly marketing the heck out of it.

  2. Lets be real here: nothing he could have ever done will have made the majority of people at this university happy. Dan (another comment) hasn’t even seen it implemented but is already convinced it will do the opposite of the stated intent.

    Basivally, the point I’m trying to get across is that when the POV is coming from a liberal university in one of the most liberal states in the US I find it hard to believe that anyone is giving Trump a fair shake. Rather, it seems popular to just not give anything a chance in favor of shouting into an echo chamber of hate (looking at you Dan).

    1. You’re absolutely correct. It would be great if the far left liberal hate could be shelved on this one issue since Trump really is trying to make a difference. But I suppose liberals preferred Obama’s opioid addiction plan that he launched during his administration when he saw abuse skyrocketed in this country…oh wait that’s right Obama did nothing to address this at all.

    2. My opinion is mostly based on Trump’s attempt to appoint Tom Marino as the Director of National Drug Control Policy. And his rejection of that nomination after publication of Marino’s legislative actions in favor of removing power from the DEA to regulate domestic opioid manufacturers.

      1. Critics of Obama’s handling of the drug crisis need only to look at who was pushing legislature that favored the people making this stuff and spending millions of dollars marketing it around the country. That’s right, Marino again, and his ally Orrin Hatch, and the Republican majority Congress. Look at Arizona, home of Trump’s pardon pal Joe Arpaio, and their addiction treatment policy of “buy them a one way bus ticket to California.

  3. What I see coming from this announcement is another war on drugs, which will focus on the suppliers with a search and seizure mentality. The Feds love its war on drugs, big profits with confiscation of property and assets. This is free money for law enforcement, and they love it! and they even get to live out the cops and robbers fantasy whereby they are no longer really protecting and serving, they are at war with those that commit the crimes. Conservatives will seize this opportunity to get this rolling again. Did you know the federal government can seize everything you own after you’ve been arrested for drug dealing? I didn’t say convicted, but rather simply arrested. Aren’t we innocent until proven guilty? This is shameful and it is still going on today. I recently watched a frightening video of a medical marijuana user who’s home was ransacked and everything taken, then after she was found innocent, she had to fight tooth and nail to get her belongings back, with some things somehow gone forever and destroyed, that should have never been taken in the first place.

    Next in line is the money that will be funneled into big pharma. Money for this ‘so called’ research, which as the author has pointed out, is already exhausted. This won’t stop the money mongers though. They will accepted it with hands out and eyes wide open.

    Finally, this is likely to pave the way for the Feds to start pitching how evil marijuana is all over again. Siting no studies at all, they will point to how marijuana is the gateway to these opioids. And after all these years of fighting the good fight to stop the needless punishment for using marijuana, there is a good chance that this war will begin again as well.

    Finally, despite the above statements, I’m going to say that I’m not in favor of any program that allows for the continued use of these substances. I can remember countless times when friends from my youth were arrested for Marijuana and forced to deal with the judicial system. I am not in favor of giving addicts a free pass from punishment because some felt this should be labeled as a disease. Its not fair to those I just mentioned above who were arrested for less and forced to pay the consequences, which often included fines, loss of drivers licenses, and even jail time.

    Which brings me to my final stance, nothing you can ever say will convince me addiction to opioids is a disease. Its nothing more than a poor choice. That’s right, a choice, not a disease. I would have dared any addict to walk into my fathers hospital room where he lie dying of cancer at the age of 31, and tell him “I too have a disease.” I think I would have thrown the person out of the hospital window (if I was old enough). If you can’t identify addiction under a microscope its not a disease, its a condition. One that needs to be treated for sure, but not a disease.

    I believe the only real way to get this epidemic to end, is to arrest the addicts and incarcerate them. Addicts need to be held responsible for their choices. However, I don’t believe they should be incarcerated in a prison, but rather a treatment facility where they can dry out, get personalized attention and counseling, and do time in a program where they learn to live normal again, become educated, and become contributing citizens. A confined environment that fosters positive re-enforcement and doesn’t perpetuate the condition, or create learned behaviors that are negative and destructive, which is what happens when people go to jail for minor crimes. Good luck getting the funding for this, it will never happen. Bipartisan politics will take its toll on this epidemic and leave it stalled without solutions.

  4. Read the Esquire magazine article about opioid addiction (can find online). You may be surprised to learn that Boston University is one of the schools mentioned in the article as having taken money from the family responsible for this epidemic in exchange for favorable research results on Opioids.

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