On 26th October, President Donald Trump ordered the declaration of USA’s opioid epidemic as a “public health emergency”. Given the gravity of the situation, it was truly comforting to hear his downright confrontation of the issue as “public shame”. However, the declaration did leave majority of Americans scratching their heads confused and wondering what legal action would actually follow. Given the fact that Trump would not allocate federal funding to counter the crisis, it is clear that his intentions to curb opioid use may be limited to mere words and not action.
What Trump said before-
Keep in mind that Trump did promise to protect Medical Cannabis during campaign trail, but now the Justice Department aims to be more aggressive against state legal marijuana under the CSA.