WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Trump administration is ready for war, and the president’s top general in this particular fight says there is no more time to waste.
The target is the opioid epidemic, which has helped make drug overdoses the main cause of death for Americans under 50. The plan is to hunt down the bad guys – the drug dealers and unethical health professionals who are dispensing the opioids and either creating, or feeding, addictions, and help people who are addicted by getting them into treatment, said Trump’s drug czar, Richard Baum, in an exclusive interview with Fox News.
“It has to be both law enforcement and health, we have to do more of everything because of the crisis that we’re in,” said Baum, acting director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, in a wide-ranging interview this week in his office. “The president is treating this like an emergency and a crisis.”
Violent cartels, greedy doctors and street dealers are all part of a syndicate that floods the nation with drugs, including fentanyl and other dangerous substances.
On Wednesday morning, Baum met with 28 directors of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program, created by Congress in 1988 and which the drug czar’s office runs, to discuss the epidemic.
It has to be both law enforcement and health, we have to do more of everything because of the crisis that we’re in. The president is treating this like an emergency and a crisis.
“They’re out there…