The latest statistics on fatal drug overdoses from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show nearly 108,000 deaths in 2021. This number is more than in 2017, when the President Trump declares drug deaths a public health emergency. Among blacks, drug-related deaths have quadrupled in less than eight years.
The Trump administration has acted aggressively and directed agencies to implement several recommendations from the Committee on Drug Addiction and the Opium Crisis. These changes include changes to prescription models, treatment models, and law enforcement procedures. The death rate from drug overdose slows and then falls. But then Covid hit, with all its mental health consequences. The addiction and overdose crisis is currently the most important public health issue facing the country.
Beyond asking Congress for more money, the Biden administration has not focused on this crisis. President Biden’s most recent budget pays little attention to it, while his National Drug Control Strategy provides resources, such as clean syringe programs, that don’t go hand-in-hand with other strategies. Help patients beat their addiction.
Most of the additional fatal overdoses after Covid have involved methamphetamine and fentanyl manufactured in Mexico, China and India. For every overdose death, more than 100 people struggle with addiction to these dangerous substances.
Fentanyl is not new to the world of chemistry. Until about a decade ago, it could only be found in hospitals and doctors’ offices, in small quantities needed for medical procedures. Drug traffickers attempting to import fentanyl were intercepted by US law enforcement. But in 2013, President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder decided to end the war on drugs, and illegal fentanyl flooded the country.
Over the past decade, many blue states and localities have chosen to regulate the overt use of formerly illegal drugs. Progressive prosecutors and movements to crack down on police have contributed to civilian leaders surrendering to drug abuse.
Coinciding with policy changes billed as progressive on civil rights, the relatively low rate of drug overdose among blacks began to rise rapidly. The rate hit the white ratio in 2019 and then surpassed during the pandemic to reach 43 people annually per 100,000 of the black population last September.
Instead of staring at a growing overdose crisis, policymakers can benefit people of all races by investigating new sources of supply and demand. Instead, in a world where a single backpack of fentanyl could kill a million people, Mr. Biden scrapped the illegal immigration controls put in place by his predecessor.
Because fentanyl is deadly, the Trump administration’s Drug Enforcement Administration has temporarily placed all of its analogues — such as carfentanyl, acetylfentanyl, butyrfentanyl, and others — on Schedule I. of the Controlled Substances Act. This has prevented drug cartels, which are extremely business, from adjusting the chemical composition of drugs to avoid prosecution. Congress is working to update the Controlled Substances Act so that the scheduling can become permanent. But under pressure from nearly 100 civil rights groups who have once again asserted that using law enforcement to stop fentanyl is racist, the Biden administration is frustrating the Congressional effort by insisting Insist on weak fentanyl sentencing.
Instead of muttering nonsense slogans, Mr. Biden and Democrats can reduce racial health disparities by protecting the border, supporting law enforcement and engaging with Republicans. to tackle the addiction crisis in ambitious endeavors like the Cancer Moon shot and Operation Warp Speed.
Grogan served as director of the US Homeland Policy Council and an aide to President Trump, for the 2019-20 term. Mr. Mulligan, professor of economics at the University of Chicago and senior member of the Prosperity Development Committee, served as chief economist on the White House Council of Economic Advisers, 2018-19.
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