Tackling the prescription drug problem in America was one of Trump’s big campaign promises, but now that he’s in office, the president has failed to propose a meaningful plan.
“It’s really, really easy not to take ‘em,” Trump said during a recent speech. “And I think that’s going to end up being our most important thing. Really tough, really great, really big advertising—so we get to people before they start.”
“So… an ad campaign?!” asked Oliver. “I mean, sure, it is important not to start abusing opioids, but that doesn’t really help the people who are already struggling with addiction. It’s kind of like seeing someone neck-deep in quicksand and then putting up a ‘Don’t Do Quicksand’ sign.”
The best Trump could do was declare the opioid problem a “public heath emergency.” Under that distinction, the crisis has access to roughly $56,000 from the Public Health Emergency Fund. That would allot “roughly two cents per person” to the 2.6 million affected.
“So Trump’s fix for our opioid epidemic essentially boils down to: Here’s two pennies, go throw them in a fucking mall fountain and wish your addiction away.”