The Trump Administration has failed to mobilize the effort necessary to end the Opioid epidemic.
In 2019, under President Trump, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced
(19) more than $1.8 billion in funding to states to combat the opioid crisis. The White House’s opioid epidemic commission also put out recommendations
(20) for localities in tackling the crises, and overdoes deaths
have decreased for the first time in 28 years, mostly because doctors have been given different guidelines
(21) for prescribing opioids. However, most experts argue
(22) that nowhere near the amount of money necessary to stop the epidemic has been allocated. Further, to provide funds to construct the border wall, Trump pulled $600 million
(23) from the Treasury Department’s drug forfeiture fund, and $2.5 billion from the Defense Department’s drug interdiction program, even though most drugs
(24) enter the US come through legal ports of entry. Additionally, only 93 miles of wall
(25) had been built so far during the Trump administration, and at least 90 miles of that replaced existing structures.