Trump’s Drug Czar Nominee Visits New Haven After Mass K2 Overdose

Trump’s Drug Czar Nominee Visits New Haven Following Mass K2 Overdose

President Trump’s nominee for “drug czar” and former deputy chief of staff Jim Carroll spoke in New Haven concerning the outbreak of almost 100 synthetic cannabinoid overdoses that struck the town last week. Carroll is an attorney and currently at the helm of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. In a Monday press conference, Carroll praised the coordinated effort of first responders and emergency, police and medical crews who coped with the steady flow of K2 Illness cases. He also expressed the importance of following through on Trump’s plan to curb drug dependence.

What Is President Trump’s Drug Czar Doing To Combat Drug Overdoses?

While President Trump has been in office, the unprecedented medication overdose crisis facing the United States has only gotten worse. In 2017, early figures show there were more than 72,000 drug overdose deaths. But despite declaring opioid abuse a public health crisis that year, a stop-gap measure criticized sharply by several drug policy experts, the White House has accomplished little in its struggle to end the outbreak.

Before Trump appointed Jim Carroll to head the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in March, a 24-year-old campaign staffer with no applicable qualifications was the top political appointee at the office. The Trump government has also hit the drug control policy office with steep budget cuts.

However, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders pointed to Carroll’s legal experience dealing with drug-related instances and people impacted by drug abuse. However, Carroll wasn’t Trump’s first pick for the post. Instead, Trump had wanted to appoint Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pennsylvania).

Now, Carroll is the public face on the Trump administration’s efforts to fight drug abuse and dependence. And in New Haven, he summarized what the White House’s plan includes.

And a number of other state and town officials had been closed to the public and the press. However, Mayor Harp stated of Carroll that he “gave a listening ear to all those kinds of things that we need in this community to have the ability to tackle this problem”. Harp is confident Carroll will take what he heard back to Washington.

Others at the meeting said Carroll focused on the wider issue of dependence, especially opioid addiction, rather than just the artificial cannabinoid problem in particular. During the press conference, Carroll said Trump’s plan to tackle these problems includes prevention, education, and treatment. Carroll also highlighted supporting law enforcement and cracking down on illegal drugs trafficked into the U.S.

The drug czar did not remark on cannabis or legalizing or decriminalizing cannabis as a way to combat opioid addiction. But he did state that the K2 overdose crisis that struck New Haven and other drug abuse problems are “a personal crisis for people. ” In that respect, Carroll said he believes the federal government’s role is to give funding that communities can opt to spend how they wish. Mayor Harp said she hoped more money could be directed to treatment.

Released at Tue, 21 Aug 2018 22:39:42 +0000

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