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The US Has an Opioid Epidemic, and the Trump Administration is Cracking Down on … Pot?

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By Froma Harrop | 14 June 2017

THE DENVER POST — Police near Daytona Beach, Fla., recently came upon an SUV with the motor running and three little kids in the back. The parents were dead in front from a fentanyl overdose.

The city of East Liverpool, Ohio, posted a shocking photograph of another overdosed couple, heads back and mouths open from a heroin overdose, a 4-year-old strapped in back. As its Facebook page explained, “It is time that the non drug using public sees what we are now dealing with on a daily basis.”

An opioid epidemic is upon us. In 2015, drug overdoses took an estimated 52,000 lives, about two-thirds of the cases tied to opioid abuse. Opioids are painkilling drugs. They include such prescription medications as Vicodin, OxyContin and Percocet. Laws designed to tighten the abuse of the legal substances have driven addicts to switch to heroin and more deadly synthetic opioids.

President Trump pledged to end America’s “terrible drug epidemic.” What his administration has done about it so far is useless or worse. […]

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