Back in August, the President of the United States traveled to Huntington, West Virginia—a town of 48,000 where the mayor estimates one in ten residents is addicted to opioids.
Opioids are America’s big problem. ‘And we are going to solve that problem,’ said President Trump. So far he’s all words, no action.
“You have a big problem,” the President told an adoring public rally, “and we are going to solve that problem.”
He didn’t explain how he would solve the problem. That’s not Trump’s style (“Believe me, believe me, believe me”). But four months later, the plan is now becoming clear. He will let them drop dead.
Millions of Americans, of all ages, and from all walks of life, will either die from an opioid overdose in the next twelve months, or seriously fuck up their lives chasing that dragon. Someone you love or rely on is secretly struggling with opioid abuse right now, or will be soon. Meanwhile, pharmaceutical executives pocket billions by recklessly (and sometimes criminally) pushing deadly and addictive narcotics.
That’s all old news. What you might